Glossary of Rug Terms

At Beckwith Galleries, we want to ensure that you have as much information and knowledge about our products as possible. There are many terms and descriptions used within the trade that you may not be aware of. In order to make an informed decision, it is wise that you know what to expect and what to look for. We want your experience with us to be a smooth and pleasant one, so please take a look below at our glossary of rug and carpet terms.

Abrash A change in the colour of a rug due to differences in the wool or dye batch. The colour change runs across the rug and is most likely to occur at the top.
Boteh A pear-shaped figure often used in oriental rug designs, characteristic of the paisley pattern. The boteh may represent a leaf, bush or a pinecone.
Chain Stitch A crochet stitch used in rug construction that consists of successive loops to lock the final weft in place at the end of a rug.
Dhurrie A flatwoven rug from India, usually made of cotton or wool.
Endless Knot A buddhist emblem symbolizing long duration, often used with other symbols.
Field The part of a rug’s design surrounded by the border. The filed may be blank or contain medallions or an over-all pattern.
Fringe Warps extending from the ends of a rug which are treated in several ways to prevent the wefts and knots from unravelling.
Gul A medallion either octagonal or angular in shape, used in Turkoman designs. It is often repeated to form an all-over pattern in the field.
Jufti Knot A knot tied over four wraps instead of the usual two.
Kilim A tapestry-like woven rug.

Medallion The large enclosed portion of a design, usually in the center. Typical shapes are diamonds, octagons and hexagons.
Mori The weaving technique of certain Pakistani and Indian rugs.
Perisan Knot Looped around one thread with only a half-turn around the other thread.
Pile The nap of the rug or the tufts remaining after the knotted yarns are clipped.
Plain Weave The simplest interlacing of warp and weft.
Prayer Rug A rug with a representation of mosque or arched prayer area. Columns may be shown supporting the arch with a lamp hanging from the arch’s apex.
Soumak A flatwoven rug made from a technique that produces a herringbone effect.
Tapestry Weave Any variety of weaves where the pattern is created by gound wefts that do not run from end to end.
Turkish Knot Tied around two adjacent warp threads.
Warp Comprising the structure, parallel warp yarns run the length of the rug and are interlaced with wefts.
Weft The yarns woven horizontally through the warps.
Weft-Faced A rug where the weft yarns are more closely spaced than the warps.
Whip Stitch A stitch used to overcase and to lock the final weft in the rug ends.