Buyers’ secrets rolled out: a tool to shop for authentic Tibetan rugs

May 20, 2019

Saura Tibetan rug

There are secrets that everyone who is looking to invest in an authentic Tibetan rug should know. These are those secrets, made simple.

Deciding on the perfect handmade rug for your space can be intimidating. The market is full of beautiful handcrafted rugs, from Moroccan shag piles to the more traditional Turkish carpets and luxurious Persian rugs, each handmade with their own unique offering and flare. But if you’re looking to invest in a rug that’s highly customisable, adaptable to trends, with centurial longevity, we can only suggest one rug; the Tibetan rug.

The Tibetan rug is the most versatile of the handmade rugs, made so by the distinctive hand knotting methodology that enables it to capture intricate design detail. Offering the same luxury as the Persian rug, the Tibetan rug is famous for its incomparable, beautifully soft underfoot feeling. Better yet, its origin is a story worth reading, hailing back to the middle of last century and the mass movement of Tibetans through Asia.

But discovering the right Tibetan rug for your space is no easy feat and although the internet is full of brilliant, but lengthy advice, we wanted to give you a Tibetan rug shopping tool that is easily digestible and quick to use - Your Tibetan rug checklist.

Your Tibetan rug checklist is everything you need to know before purchasing your first Tibetan rug. Even if you’re a seasoned expert in Tibetan rugs, our checklist is informed by years spent working alongside rug makers from around Nepal, giving you insider knowledge on Tibetan rug ‘know-hows’ from the comfort of your phone or pocket.

Your Tibetan rug checklist

A tool to begin your Tibetan rug purchasing journey; answers to questions every supplier should know.

Check box Question Explanation 
Is the Tibetan rug the right rug for my design?

Tibetan rugs are the antithesis of throwaway culture, so if you’re looking for an intergenerational heirloom with long-lasting quality and style, look no further. Tibetan rugs are luxurious and extremely customisablebecause of their design versatility. From size, pattern, materials, thickness (4mm-6mm o) and colour capabilities (due to expert dye specialists in Nepal).

How was my rug made?
It’s a common misconception that Tibetan rugs are solely a woven carpet, when in reality they are created using unique Tibetan hand knotting methodologies. Hand knots are what make Tibetan rugs so brilliant at capturing intricate detail, creating sharp lines and colour gradients that are effortlessly insync with contemporary design.
What is my rug made from?
Traditional Tibetan rugs are made from Changpel wool from the Tibetan Plateau. It’s long staple fibres and richness in lanolin create beautifully long-lasting Tibetan rugs with a luxurious underfoot feeling. However in Nepal Tibetan rugs can also be made from Chinese silk, nettle and hemp.
What is the knot count per square inch?
The more knots there are, the more intricate the detail within your design. Authentic Tibetan rugs should have no less than 60 knots per square inch.
What dyes are used?
Opt for eco-friendly natural dyes or Swiss synthetic dyes without heavy metals. Dyes with heavy metals are extremely bad for the environment as well as to those who are exposed to them during production and ultimately yourselves.
Where will my rug be made?
Authentic Tibetan rugs are handcrafted in Nepal or Tibet are made from Tibetan wool For authenticity, we always recommend Nepalese Tibetan rugs.
Who made my rug?
It takes skilled Tibetan rug artisans years, sometimes decades to hone their skill. When shopping for a truly special piece, take into account the level of craftsmanship and dedication that goes into each design. If the rug is too cheap to be true, it probably isn’t…
How long will my rug take to make?
A skilled artisan can knot up to 10,000 hand knots a day and it takes months of hard work to create Tibetan rugs, so it’s important to be patient. Much like price, if the turn around is too quick, there’s something wrong. Buyers should expect a couple of months for production before seeing the final piece.
How do I take care of my rug for maximum longevity?
In order to enjoy maximum longevity there are multiple techniques to effectively clean your rug. Retailers should be able to give you one-to-one advice on this, however we always recommend seeking out professional cleaning services in your local area.

If you’re still unsure, or if you’d like to find out more about our collections and bespoke design services, don’t hesitate to contact us at CHACCRA, we’re always looking for excuses to talk about Tibetan rugs all day.


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