Rug Weaving: How Long Does It Take to Weave a Rug?

Before you begin weaving your own Oriental rug, consider this. Rug weaving is an art. A skilled weaver in India can tie about 6,000 knots per day. Thus the time for one person to knot a 9′ x 12′ rug in several common qualities works out like this:

Quality Knots/ Knots/sq.ft. Days/sq.ft. Knots in a 9′ x 12′ Carpet Time required to knot a 9′ x 12′ Carpet
“6/40” 60 8,640 1.4 933,120 “151 days (5 months)”
“7/52” 91 13,104 2.2 1,415,232 “237 days (7.9 months)”
“9/60” 135 19,440 3.2 2,099,520 “346 days (11.5 months)”
“12/60” 180 25,920 4.3 2,799,360 464 days (15.5 months)”

(Note that usually more than one person works at a time on rugs from about 4′ x 6′ and larger. To get the actual weaving time for a carpet, you’d need to divide the “Time required” shown here by the number of weavers working simultaneously on the rug.)

Remember that these estimates do not include the time needed to prepare the wool (for wool clipping, carding, spinning, and dyeing), to map the design (about 8 days for a 12/60 quality rug), or to wash and clip the finished carpet (more than 15 days for a 12/60 quality 9′ x 12′ carpet).

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