“In an elegant world, an irreproachable tie knot is an essential part of one's toilette; it does not matter whether the knot is simple or complicated, because the art is what counts. There are some knots which seem casual in appearance, but which have taken considerable labour before the mirror, and many a stamped foot, many an exclamation of impatience.”
Doctor A. Debray, Hygiene Vestimentaire, 1857

Instructions on how to tie a tie can be found in any manual. The three most common methods are described below: