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Useful Terms

A bit of industry jargon to help you to make the most informed decision when selecting your handmade rug


Abrash is the natural variation in the color and texture of the carpet caused by differences in textures and dyes. This causes a horizontal striped appearance in areas of the same color of the rug. This is not a defect - rather a natural by-product o

Age: New

Our Newly-woven rugs are handwoven fresh-off the loom. Those searching for newly-woven rugs can look to many options made in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Afghanistan. These pieces are perfect for those who are looking for a more 'perfected' handwoven

Age: Semi-antique

We classify a semi-antique rug as one that’s roughly 20-50 years old and who's construction has not been altered from its original state. Our semi-antique collection consists of carpets that have either been preowned in their country of origin, showc

Age: Vintage

Vintage refers to a Semi-antique > piece in terms of its relative age and classification, however Vintage-aged rugs have undergone careful professional aesthetic modifications to give the rug a second life. Redying, or pile shearing for optimal brigh

Weave: Hand-knotted

Hand-knotted rugs are crafted entirely by hand, knot by knot, on a loom.

Weave: Hand-tufted

Hand-tufted rugs are made using a handheld tufting gun, which punches strands of yarn through a fabric backing stretched over a frame. The backing of a hand-tufted rug is usually glued or stitched to hold the yarn in place, which can affect its durab


A general indicator of quality and durability, KPSI is an acronym for 'knots per square inch' and is a measurement of the density of knots in a hand-knotted rug. KPSI can vary depending on Style, origin, etc.