The Persian knot, which involves wrapping one end of the thread snugly around the warp fiber and leaving the other end loose, creates an asymmetric result. These knots can be packed tightly together, creating dense piles with intricate designs. Persian knots are typically used in rugs made in India, Pakistan & eastern Iran.
Turkish knots involve double-wrapping the thread around the adjacent warp fibers. This creates a plush, consistent pile and is still used in Turkey, NW Iran, Azerbaijan & Kurdistan.
Find out more about the history of these rugs and the techniques used to produce them on our Blog Post About Hand-Knotted Rugs.