Persian, Moroccan, shag—they’ve all had their moment. But it’s time to let Tibetan knot rugs have the floor. With a lush texture and a high pile hand-crafted from sumptuous, ultra-soft yarns, these coverings are not just a current must-have, but rather a design element as enduring as your forever home.
Ready to tie yourself down? Allow the pros at Perennials, a brand known for their luxury performance textiles, to be your guide.
What exactly is a Tibetan knot?
To craft a rug you can really sink your feet into requires a centuries-old, hand-knotting technique. The yarn is wrapped around both a metal rod, laid along the width of a carpet, and other threads, then cut to create luscious tufts of pile. While the number of knots can vary, Perennials’ pieces average a weave density of 80 knots per square inch.
Where does the name come from?
The ancient art form, traditionally made with wool from Tibetan highland sheep, takes its name from its country of origin. The first detailed accounts of Tibetan rugs are from the early 1900s, though the practice is thought to stretch back hundreds of years. Falling into decline in the latter half of the 20th century following the 1959 Chinese invasion of Tibet, the craft was revived by Tibetan immigrants living in India and Nepal. Perennials’ Tibetan knot rugs are made by local weavers in the company’s India facility.
How do you care for Tibetan knot rugs?
No need to cry over spilled milk. Or wine. Made with 100-percent solution-dyed acrylic, Perennials rugs are both fade- and mildew-resistant and remarkably easy to clean.
Simple blotting with dish detergent and water (followed by a thorough water rinse) should handle most stains. But you can tackle tougher jobs—think permanent marker or a bold cabernet—with a mix of one part bleach and two parts water. Regular vacuuming can handle the dirt and crumbs; just use a canister vac without a beater bar or place it on the highest setting to avoid pulling the fibers.
How can you use Tibetan knot rugs in your home?
With a walking-on-clouds-like feel, Tibetan knot rugs work great in bedrooms. And their virtual stain resistance makes them a good option for dining spaces as well. With hundreds of Tibetan knot rugs on offer—ranging from interior designer Timothy Corrigan’s traditional designs to photographer Martyn Thompson’s abstract pieces—Perennials has a style to work with every aesthetic.
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