From crawling out of bed on a cold winter morning to dragging your feet back in after a long day at work, hand knotted area rugs nestle your feet with warmth and indisputable luxury. When it comes to comfort, there is no place like home, and no home is complete without those perfect area rugs – be it tucked neatly under your coffee table or laid out at the foot of your bed. Design, with regards to rugs, has taken a fascinating turn and after much back and forth it has now come to settle on the fine line between form and function; the absolute best of both worlds.

Like any other ideally constructed furnishing, hand knotted area rugs are equally lavish in visual appeal and utility. Starting with the material itself – natural woolen fiber woven into thread – the level for brilliance is set. Wool is known to be one of the strongest fibers in the industry, often surpassing synthetic threads like nylon in both strength and life. Making it even more precious is the fact that it is an entirely natural fiber, soft on the skin and inherently insulating.

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Vintage study and ethnic living room from Nalini Malhotra

Matching its beauty and grandeur, the life of a hand knotted area rug is exceptional – more than hundred years in some cases – and is dependent mostly on its knot density and wool quality. This extraordinary lifespan is one of the main reasons that antique hand knotted area rugs are treasured – their value increasing with time, as they collect aspects of history and hold them tight within their knots to pass on from generation to generation.

While its quality, durability and functional value have been justified beyond doubt, a hand knotted rug’s decorative role is one of majestic splendor; having a commanding presence in any space that it occupies. Newer designs bridge the gap between cutting edge twenty first century trends with older more subtle elements and motifs, allowing a hand knotted area rug to easily fit in with any kind of decorative atmosphere. For example, a large rug laid down in front of an old-worldly fireplace and a mantelpiece will work just as well as one under a glass topped coffee table in a contemporary minimal living room.

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Colonial foyer from Anaheeta and a classic living room by Kiran,
both adorned with elaborate floor rugs

An interior decorator looks for objects not only based on colours and forms but also as an introduction of textures to a space. Ever wondered why a simple neutral colored cane weave rocking chair or a hand knotted dhurrie makes a room instantly more interesting and visually appealing? It’s the addition of those subtle textures of the material itself that do the trick. From knots to tufts, stone-washes to embroidery, texture always makes things more tangible.

A touch of modernity from Morph Design

A modern eclectic living room from Hidden Gallery