Arizona State Museum invited three weavers and one scholar to organize this exhibition, which was open to the public from October 2004 through May 2005 in the museum’s galleries. The exhibition now exists only in a virtual form on this website.
If you notice your heirloom rug begin to fray or snag, resist the urge to take any restorative measures yourself. Cutting rug fringe, or repairing backing flaws yourself can lead to the rug being completely destroyed. And that’s not what Grandma wanted!
When you buy a hand-knotted rug, this means that a skilled weaver individually tied every knot, thus creating an one-of-a-kind handmade rug. That is what makes hand-knotted rugs so special, and that is what makes them so much more expensive than all other types of area rugs. Depending on how many knots are in each square inch (50 to 160 knots per inch is typical, 400 per square inch is remarkable), it can take more than a year for one weaver to complete a 9x12 rug.