The tufting process is much faster than knotting. This makes it much cheaper, however it is not possible to achieve the same detail in design. In addition a tufted rug will not be anywhere near as hard wearing as a knotted rug. The first stage is the preparation of the canvas. For this the design is inked onto the canvas using a stencil. The wool tufts are then pushed through the canvas using a tufting gun. Latex is then spread over the back, in order to hold the tufts in place, this is finally covered over with a cotton backing.
The designs are then really brought to life through the skilled hands used in carving, this really helps to highlight the intricate details in the design. Finally the edges are bound and the rug is ready to be shipped.