Hand-knotted, hand-tufted and flatwoven area rugs in Missoula, Montana

Beautiful hand-made rugs

Amira Rug Gallery carries hand-knotted, hand-tufted, and flatwoven area rugs from weaving regions around the world. Whether you are looking for a one-of-a-kind tribal, something affordable, simple, and stylish, or a gorgeous wool and silk contemporary, we have many options and resources.

The term "oriental" or "hand-knotted" refers mainly to a method of construction  as opposed to origin or design. It is a painstaking and scrupulous process that can take several months to complete. It begins with a warp and weft  made of cotton or wool stretched across a loom. The weaver will then tie individual knots across the wefts. The ends of these knots form the "pile" of the rug. A hand-knotted pile rug will last for generations. In a pileless, flatwoven, or "kilim" rug, there will be no pile and the rug will consist of only the warp and weft. Because they use less wool, kilims are often more affordable, and can have a more casual appearance. This method of weaving dates back to 500 B.C. with the Pazyrk carpet and continues to be practiced seriously around the world. At Amira we consider oriental rugs to be art for the floor, and owning one can be a regular reminder to appreciate and value quality of expression instead of always prioritizing the quick, cheap, and easy.

Another method of rug construction is" hand-tufting". A hand-tufted rug is created by inserting individual  tufts of wool into a canvas, and gluing on a backing. The difference between a hand-tufted and hand-knotted rug is that the tufted rug is held together by glue, and the knotted rug is held together by the nature of its weave. The hand-tufted rugs will not wear as well over time, but are also much more affordable, and can be incredibly smart and stylish.

Owning a rug you love is a daily pleasure, and the search for that rug can be an exciting and educational process. We are truly glad to be able to assist in that process, and help enrich our customer's home.

For questions about rug repair and restoration, we refer our clients to Robert Mann in Denver, Colorado.  www.mannrugs.com