Merging modern design and materials with ancient craft
Rug craft is steeped in ancient history, with some of the earliest rugs found to be 2500 years old. The craftsmanship and skills used to manufacture rugs has changed very little over these years other than the addition of modern dyes and design techniques.
Our beautiful rugs are created in Nepal and India, using only the very best mills that employ highly skilled adult artisan weavers whose craft has been handed down and perfected throughout the generations.
The whole manufacturing process is completely carried out by hand, from the the spinning of the yarns, to the dyeing of the colours and finally the actual knotting of the carpet.
Each rug we create is made using biodegradable materials or 100% Recycled plastic transforming mountains of unwanted plastic bottles from landfills around the world into designer rugs. Plastic fibres and wool are treated the same way and are carded, threaded, spun and brushed in the same way as wool to create a luxurious and malleable yarn.
When you roll out a rug you want to be overwhelmed by beautiful colours and we achieve this by using expert dyers who work hard in their laboratories to create an exact match to the colours that have been chosen.
The dye masters have an extensive knowledge that has been passed down through generations, initially learning to mix natural herbal dyes but also utilising more up to date colouring techniques that include vegetable-based and the industry standard Swiss dyes. This way the exact colours can be achieved to precisely match the desired design.
The yarn is then pot dyed, an established technique that requires the yarn to be hand wound on metal loops and dipped a number of times until it is completely soaked through with dye. Once the dyeing is complete the yarn is then dried and made ready for the weaving process.
Our handwoven rugs are woven on traditional vertical and horizontal looms. Lines of cotton are stretched from the top to the bottom of the loom in a continuous loop that is called the warp. A weft is threaded in to hold the line of knots straight.
The weavers use a special knots and weaves dependent on the style of the rugs to create the pile and design of the carpet. Each tiny knot is tied around the warp and then threaded or cut – which secures it in place.
The design of the carpet is copied from an image on a piece of graph paper. The weaver follows this pattern along the warp until they have to change colour.
This is an incredibly long and skilled process where only 10-15 cm of carpet is achieved each day. This means each rug can take months and sometime even years to create.
Once our handwoven rugs have been completed, they go through a final preparation process from a raw weave to the sculpted work of art you receive to put on your floor. First the rugs are washed with pure water and eco friendly washing materials and then left to dry in the sun for a number of days. The rugs are then stretched to the correct size and shape.
Finally, the rug pile and motif are trimmed and carved by the hands of master craftsmen, adding those special touches that enhance the beauty and finish of the rug.
Once your rug is completed and has been meticulously checked for any inconsistencies, it is delivered directly to your door, ready to roll out and be enjoyed.