EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TIBETAN KNOT RUGS

The Persian, Moroccan, and shag styles have all had their time. But Tibetan knot mats should now be on the floor. With a thick pile and a lush texture made by hand from luxurious, ultra-soft yarns, these coverings are not only a must-have for now, but also a style element that will last as long as your home does.

Are you ready to tie yourself up? Let the experts at Perennials, a name known for high-end performance fabrics, lead the way.

WHAT DOES A TIBETAN KNOT REALLY MEAN?

A hand-knotted method that dates back hundreds of years is needed to make a rug that you can really sink your feet into. The yarn is wound around a metal rod that runs the length of the carpet and other threads. It is then cut into soft pile pieces. There are different amounts of knots in each piece from Perennials, but on average there are 80 knots per square inch.

WHAT DOES THE NAME MEAN?

The old art form is usually made with wool from Tibetan highland sheep, which is where it got its name. The first detailed reports of Tibetan rugs come from the early 1900s, but the art is thought to have been around for a lot longer than that. After the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, the craft went out of style in the second half of the 20th century. However, Tibetans who moved to India and Nepal brought it back to life. It is in India that Perennials’ Tibetan knot rugs are made by local artists.

HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF KITCHEN KNOT RUGS?

Don’t cry over milk that got spilled. Wine or beer. Perennials rugs are made from 100% solution-dyed acrylic, which means they won’t fade or rust and are surprisingly easy to clean.

Most spots should be easy to get rid of with dish soap and water (and then a good rinse with water). A mix of one part bleach and two parts water, on the other hand, can handle tougher jobs, like a permanent pen or a strong cabernet. You can get rid of the dirt and crumbs by cleaning regularly. To keep the fibres from getting pulled, use a canister vacuum in high mode or one without a beater bar.

WHAT CAN YOU DO IN YOUR HOME WITH TIBETAN KNOT RUGS?

Tibetan knot rugs are great for beds because they make you feel like you’re walking on clouds. They also don’t show stains easily, which makes them a good choice for eating rooms. Perennials has hundreds of Tibetan knot mats in a wide range of styles, from the traditional designs of interior designer Timothy Corrigan to the abstract works of photographer Martyn Thompson.

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