Creating Rugs

Creating RugsThe Himalayan wool is transported by yaks over the Himalayas to our weaving facility in Nepal where it is hand-washed. The wool is then allowed to air dry before the process of hand carding begins.

Creating RugsThere is gentle combing of the wool to untangle and straighten the fibers to align them for hand spinning. To assure high standard of quality, wool is hand sheared; fibers are combed with handmade carding tools. The wool is then spun into yarn by hand in an ancient tradition which gives the yarn its textured, uneven appearance coveted by carpet connoisseurs.

 

Creating Rugs
The yarn is then hand dyed in small batches to assure proper absorption using vegetable dyes or environment free natural dyes.

 

 

Creating RugsThe dyed yarn is then transformed in to Balls.

 

 

Creating Rugs

 

A full-size pattern template is placed behind the loom and the weavers follow the design as they progress. Our master weavers then put to use their artistic gifts to create the masterpieces of today and the heirlooms of tomorrow.

Tibetan rugs are woven on a loom, with strands of wool or cotton called warps stretched from beam to beam (top to bottom). The weaver makes horizontal rows called wefts, weaving in and out between the warps.

Tying the warps together with a piece of wool then creates the pile. Knot by knot, row by row, the weaver works, taking about twelve weeks to produce a 6′ x 9′ rug.

We use pure Himalayan Wool yarn washed, cared and spun by hand. This gives the face of these rugs a wonderful depth and richness achieved through subtle variation of color and texture. They are characteristically flexible, strong, lustrous, and springy. Himalayan sheep are famous for their long hair and it is ideal for making rugs because it is very lustrous, strong, springy and of high tensile strength.
 
Creating Rugs
The rug is hand-sheared & carved for completion.

 

 

 

The completed rug is then washed & stretched to keep its original shape and left to dry.Creating Rugs

 

 

 

Creating RugsAll Tibetan rugs have cotton fringe on the ends, because it is the remaining ends of the threads that the carpet had from being cut off the loom.

We take extra time by folding the fringe underneath the rug; cover it with a strip of canvas and hand bind, which gives our rugs a clean and more complete look.