About modern oriental rugs
Oriental rugs have been recognized for their durability and beauty. This has been the case for hundreds of years. Since ancient times, oriental rugs have been prized possessions. Few other items enjoy this kind of reputation!
Why we love oriental rugs
Oriental rugs can come from India, Turkey, Persia, Nepal or other regions. This impressive rug tradition has stood the test of time. Sukhi is proud to continue this legacy.
Oriental rugs have a sense of warmth and richness. There is ample artistry behind them. That’s why they are functional works of art. The value of your investment will only increase with time.
The tradition of handmade rugs
The tradition of handmade rugs in India goes back several hundred years. The most complex rugs of the day were woven in the Mughal Empire. Over time, Indian rugs developed their own style and personality.
Indian rugs today feature interwoven patterns and floral outlines. They showcase densely packed colors. Great care is used in the choice of material, dyeing, and weaving.
The end result is a vibrant and intricate rug design that is unmistakable. These rugs work in almost any home.
Oriental rugs with a Sukhi touch
Sukhi Indian rugs use natural and sustainable materials. You’ll see natural dyes and durable yarn. What adds even more to their appeal? Our fair-trade rugs support the lives of our artisans.
The differences between hand-knotted vs. hand-tufted rugs
Sukhi artisans proudly make both hand-knotted and hand-tufted rugs. Each type has its own charm. Both are prized for their great beauty. But they have a different look and feel. Let us explain.
Hand-knotted oriental rugs
Some say that hand-knotted oriental rugs are the most beautiful of all rugs! That makes sense since these rugs are extremely complex. Learning this craft takes expertise and skill. Making them by hand is a time-consuming process.
Hand-knotted rugs are true works of art. These rugs are true family heirlooms. These works of art are passed down from generation to generation.
Hand-tufted oriental rugs
Hand-tufted rugs are also beautiful, but they are less labor intensive. This makes them more affordable. They are a perfect option for folks who can’t invest in a hand-knotted rug.
Both of these Sukhi rugs are impressively durable and possess great beauty. When properly cared for, all our Oriental rugs will stand the test of time.
Take a careful look at both and choose the level of investment and artistry that you prefer. We know you’ll make the right decision.
Oriental rugs depend upon exceptional materials
Sukhi believes in only using the finest, sustainable and healthiest materials. The higher quality the materials, the higher quality the rug. We never lose sight of this important fact.
We use the highest quality natural wool and bamboo silk. You’ll notice the difference.
Bamboo silk gives our rugs a stunning shine. This is a newer type of silk. However, it is quickly growing in popularity. It is much more environmentally friendly and sustainable than other options.
Bamboo can grow as much as 70 feet in a single year. Bamboo also uses very little in the way of resources. Traditional silk is harvested from a silkworm. But bamboo silk does not require the use of insects. It has many wonderful attributes. We are happy to embrace this environmentally friendly approach.
Our skilled team of weavers
Our goal at Sukhi is to always provide you with the very best. Sukhi weavers are second-to-none. They have proven themselves to be experts at their craft.
The complexity of their designs quickly shows their talent. We encourage you to study the designs of our rugs. This is the best way to understand the depth of our artisans’ abilities.
KPSI (knots per square inch) and weaving quality
You’ll find that Sukhi’s handmade rugs have high KPSI. Knot count is a clear indicator of the quality of weaving. This is a fact you can see in our knots per square inch. Knot count is typically measured by KPSI. You can see your rug’s KPSI on the back. It is one of the most important areas.
We use a quality rating system incorporating two numbers. One is for the number of knots in 9/10 of an inch of the rug’s width. The second number is the number of knots in 4 ½ inches of the rug’s length.
Here is a true indicator of our obsession with quality. Sukhi rugs score 10/10 in quality. They have an incredible 100 knots per square inch. And that means we have 155,000 knots per square meter. Our weavers work hard and produce impressive results.
The dark side and light side of your rug
Every hand-knotted oriental rug has a so-called “light” side. It also has a “dark” side.
Let us explain. Fibers are laid out at a precise angle. That means the fibers will either reflect or absorb light. This is beautiful to behold! The colors of your rug will appear several shades darker or lighter. This depends on where you stand.
We take great pride in this level of craftsmanship. It goes into every single rug.
What is pile direction and why does it matter?
When you run your hand across a rug’s fibers, what you are feeling? It is the pile direction. What if the pile direction is smooth? Then you are feeling the rug’s darker side. If the rug feels rough, you are feeling the lighter side.
You can also see the difference just by looking at the rug. We recommend you take the pile direction into consideration for your design. Do you have a darker room? Then consider placing the light side of the rug near the entrance. This is a prized secret of interior designers. It makes a difference.