Process of making rugs
From selecting of wool to spinning the yarn, from weaving of a rug to trimming the pile of the rug are all carried out by skill hands. This is the ancient art of making a rug in Tibet. It is not made gluing onto a base material as in modern hand tufted rug.
Every piece of rug at 'Decorative Rugs Studio, LLC" are crafted by skilled hands in the same way that our ancestors did for last several hundred years ago. The only different with ancient techniques is that we use modern chemicals to dye the yarns and added new designs as per clients requirement to meet modern interiors.
Raw wool brought from across the gigantic Himalayas are carded. Carding is the process of combing of jumbled fibers of raw wool by hands before the process of hand spinning is done. Experienced skilled person produce the yarn at various thicknesses according to rugs' knot count requirement eg. Higher Knot count require thin ply and Lower knot count require thicker.
Matching of Colors and Dyeing
Dyeing master matches the colors in wool/silk/other materials and does process of dyeing. The dyed yarns are dried in the sun.
Once the dyed yarns are completely dried, the yarns are balled to make it ready for weaving.
Graph master prepares and prints the design in grid as per requirement of knot count of a rug. This helps weavers to follow every knot and placement of colors.
We use popular software like Illustrator, Photoshop etc to draw designs.
Skilled craftsmen do weaving of the rugs on the vertical loom using ancient techniques of weaving in which yarns are tied or knotted in a vertical metal rod. Once a row of knotting is complete, weavers hammer it to make the weaving tighter. According to the requirement of the thickness of pile, thicker or thinner rod is used. Once the process of hammering is complete, weavers cut the yarns along with the rod creating cut pile. For loop , weavers just leave it as it is without cutting the yarns along with the rod.
Washing and Finishing
The rugs are washed on both sides, water is squeezed through the pile with wooden paddles called ‘Forwa’ and left to dry naturally in the sun.
A rug which is slightly crooked on the edges during weaving process are stretched and make the perfect rectangle or other shape.
Binding or keeping fringesFringes are left as it or beautifully sewn or will be removed as per clients preferences.
The perfect rug which involves so many hands of skilled men and women artisans adds more beauty to your home. Also, your contribution by ordering or buying rugs from us make the thousands of family in Nepal and Tibet live their life with dignity and make them possible to educate their children for their future.
Cautions: DO NOT BUY cheap rugs as it may be made possibly exploiting weavers paying less or using bonded labors or child labors. 'Decorative Rugs' is associated with GoodWeave which make you ensure that the rugs are woven without using child labors.
Probably this will be the only thing in your house which involve tremendous hard works of artisan and tremendous process where love and care are involved.
The rug will last more than twenty years. Only you have to do is proper vacuuming and cleaning regularly.