About Oriental Carpets

Rug Knots


THE TWO MOST TYPICAL TYPES OF KNOTS used in Oriental carpets are called Turkish (sometimes called a Ghiordes knot), and Persian (sometimes called a Senneh knot). These terms generally have nothing to do with a carpet's ethnic or geographic origin.

FIELD PATTERNS AND BORDER PATTERNS in all handmade Oriental pile carpets rely upon repeated sequences of knots. It is primarily in the choices of color, and in the repetition of selected designs (represented by specified sequences of knots that traditional border patterns and field patterns are achieved.

Turkish knot

Persian knot

In the Turkish knot, the supplementary weft yarn passes over the two warp yarns, and emerges to form the pile coming between them. The Turkish knot is also sometimes called a Ghiordes knot; it has a symmetrical structure. In the Persian knot, the supplementary weft yarn passes behind one warp yarn, and the two ends emerge on either side of a warp yarn.The Persian knot is sometimes called a Senneh knot; it has an asymmetrical structure.

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