The Tibetan
Knot

The warp threads (vertical) are stretched between two beams and the weavers, sitting side by side every 90 cm, patiently give birth to the rug knot after knot, row after row.

This technique consists of looping pile yarns around warp threads while a trapped metal rod is used to determine the thickness of the rug. The loops thus formed are left as they are or cut with a blade to open and become piles.

Weft threads (horizontal) are interwoven into the warp threads between each row of knots. This is how the carpet backing is built up and consolidated. The warp and weft threads are usually made of cotton. The vertical loom is also referred to as the High-wrap.

NTN-W1 - Tibetan Knots - Regular tightening - Wool (Nepal)
Price
On request
Quality
60K (66.600 nœuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Népal
Composition
Laine
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
3,8 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
10.0060 NZW(60)
Rates
NTN-W1
NTN-W2 - Tibetan Knots - Moderate tightening - Wool (Nepal)
Price
On request
Quality
80K (93.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Népal
Composition
Laine
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
4 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
10.0080 NZW (60 )
Rates
NTN-W2
NTN-W2 - Tibetan Knots - Strong tightening - Wool (Nepal)
Price
On request
Quality
100K (145.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Népal
Composition
Laine
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
2,9 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
10.0100 TiW (60)
Rates
NTN-W3
NTN-W4 - Tibetan Knots - Heavy tightening - Wool (Nepal)
Price
On request
Quality
150K (220.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Népal
Composition
Laine
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
2,9 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
10.0150 TiW (60)
Rates
NTN-W4
NTN-V2 - Tibetan Knots - Moderate tightening - Viscose (Nepal)
Price
On request
Quality
80K (93.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Népal
Composition
Viscose
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
4,5 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
10.0080 V (60 )
Rates
NTN-V2
NTN-V3 - Tibetan Knots - Strong tightening - Viscose (Nepal)
Price
On request
Quality
100K (145.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Népal
Composition
Viscose
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
4 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
10.0100 V (60 )
Rates
NTN-V3
NTN-V4 - Tibetan Knots - Heavy tightening - Viscose (Nepal)
Price
On request
Quality
150K (220.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Népal
Composition
Viscose
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
4 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
10.0150 V (60 )
Rates
NTN-V4
NTN-H1 - Tibetan Knots - Regular tightening - Hemp (Nepal)
Price
On request
Quality
60K (66.600 nœuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Népal
Composition
Chanvre
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
4,5 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
10.0060 H (60 )
Rates
NTN-H1
NTN-H2 - Tibetan Knots - Moderate tightening - Hemp (Nepal)
Price
On request
Quality
80K (93.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Népal
Composition
Chanvre
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
5,5 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
10.0080 H (60 )
Rates
NTN-H2
NTN-H3 - Tibetan Knots - Strong tightening - Hemp (Nepal)
Price
On request
Quality
100K (145.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Népal
Composition
Chanvre
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
3,5 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
10.0100 H (60 )
Rates
NTN-H3
NTN-H4 - Tibetan Knots - Heavy tightening - Hemp (Nepal)
Price
On request
Quality
150K (220.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Népal
Composition
Chanvre
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
3 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
10.0150 H (60 )
Rates
NTN-H4
NTN-S2 - Tibetan Knots - Moderate tightening - Silk (Nepal)
Price
On request
Quality
80K (93.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Népal
Composition
Soie
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
4 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
10.0080 S (60 )
Rates
NTN-S2
NTN-S3 - Tibetan Knots - Strong tightening - Silk (Nepal)
Price
On request
Quality
100K (145.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Népal
Composition
Soie
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
3,8 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
10.0100 S (60 )
Rates
NTN-S3
NT-S4 - Tibetan Knots - Heavy tightening - Silk (Nepal)
Price
On request
Quality
150K (220.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Népal
Composition
Soie
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
3,5 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
10.0150 S (60 )
Rates
NTN-S4
ITN-W1 - Tibetan Knots - Regular tightening - Wool (India)
Price
On request
Quality
60K (66.600 nœuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Inde
Composition
Laine
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
4,5 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
20.0060 W(43)
Rates
ITN-W1
ITN-W2 - Tibetan Knots - Moderate tightening - Wool (India)
Price
On request
Quality
80K (93.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Inde
Composition
Laine
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
4 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
20.0080 W(43)
Rates
ITN-W2
ITN-W3 - Tibetan Knots - Strong tightening - Wool (India)
Price
On request
Quality
100K (145.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Inde
Composition
Laine
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
4 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
20.0100 W(43)
Rates
ITN-W3
ITN-V2 - Tibetan Knots - Moderate tightening - Viscose (India)
Price
On request
Quality
80K (93.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Inde
Composition
Viscose
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
5 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
20.0080 V (43)
Rates
ITN-V2
ITN-V3 - Tibetan Knots - Strong tightening - Viscose (India)
Price
On request
Quality
100K (145.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Inde
Composition
Viscose
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
4 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
20.0100 V (43)
Rates
ITN-V3
ITN-S2 - Tibetan Knots - Moderate tightening - Silk (India)
Price
On request
Quality
80K (93.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Inde
Composition
Soie
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
4 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
20.0080 S (43)
Rates
ITN-S2
ITN-S3 - Tibetan Knots - Strong tightening - Silk (India)
Price
On request
Quality
100K (145.000 noeuds/m²)
Techniques
Nœuds tibétains
Origin
Inde
Composition
Soie
Spinning
Filature
Count / Ply
60 / 3
Features
Velours et/ou bouclettes et/ou relief
Cutting
Oui ou non
Weight
4 kg/m²
Rug backing
Souple
Account code
20.0100 S (43)
Rates
ITN-S3

The Tibetan knot technique was brought to Nepal by Tibetan refugees, hence its name.

The Tibetan knotis used in Nepal but also in India. This technique consists of looping pile yarns around warp threads while a trapped metal rod is used to determine the thickness of the rug. The loops thus formed are left as they are or cut with a blade to open up and become piles. The Persian knot technique can not be used to make those loops. This method (opening up the knots by cutting them along the metal rod) gives a more or less pronounced lined effect.

The illustration clearly shows the junction of the metal rods of two weavers. It is possible that there is some blurring in this area.

How to measure Tibetan knots:

There are four main counts, namely 60 knots, 80 knots, 100 knots and 150 knots. Knot density varies from one manufacture to another depending on the number of warp and weft threads used. On average 60 knots (60K) corresponds to +/- 60,000 knots per m², 80K to +/- 90,000 knots, 100K to 140,000 knots and 150K to 210,000 knots.

The most sophisticated designs, with curves or diagonals and many colour changes, require a tight knot (minimum 100 knots) to avoid the “staircase” effect.

 

Choose a technique

The Kilim and the Flatweave

Hand tufted

The Handloom Weave

The Tibetan
Knot

The Persian
knot