One of the fundamental decisions in rug-making is what pattern to weave.
There are individuals whose only job is to design rugs, and they have the important responsibility of picking the right color combination to ensure a pleasing final product.
They use what is called a Cartoon to design the rug and help the weavers to stay on track once they begin to weave. Below is a sample cartoon, a variation of which was used to weave many of the sample pieces included in this eBook. Each square represents a hand-tied knot using two warp strings. Once the pattern has been designed, the next decision is how large to make the rug. The rug size may dictate the knots per square inch, as well as the size of the warp, weft and knot materials.
The pattern presented here includes 23 knots horizontally and vertically.