The hand knotted process is a unique art form. There is no other meticulous and time consuming process as knotting a rug by hand. Centuries old craft handed down over generations, the artisans who weave them are highly skilled masters in every step of the rug’s execution process. Originally, Tibetan hand knotted rugs were woven out of necessity to keep warm and comfortable. In time, the craft became a common practice and creativity has become part of the rug making process.
Today hand-knotted rugs are made not only to cover floors or just as accessories — these rugs are truly a remarkable works of art. There are people who collect hand knotted rugs due to a particular and rare design, unique process technique or one with a great integrity. Others are very particular and choose a rug design to be hung on a wall. Some incorporate hand knotted rug in every project, as it adds richness and personality to a space, practically last forever. Options and reasons to own a well crafted rug are endless. The choice is yours
Material RUG ART uses the best fibers available – Himalayan wool. It is best coming from sheep living high in the Himalayan Mountains. High altitudes keep sheep’s wool thick and even in texture, as sheep tend to produce lanolin to keep warm.
When we buy wool for our projects, the wool is then carefully cleaned and washed thoroughly, then laid out or hung to dry in the sun. This process is done only by men and women who perfected this unique technique.
Hand Spinning Once wool is dry and being hand carded it is then hand spun by twisting together short fibers into a continuous long strand. Hand spun wool offers a tactile quality and organic elegance, due to its irregularity when soaked in dye, some parts are more absorbed then others.
Hand spun wool is never uniform in color or texture and being as such — these rugs are simply gorgeous and look very hand made.
The process, rug art Hand dyeing wool is a process overseen by a master dyer who uses formulas developed exclusively for RUG ART. Careful and close attention must be given to each batch of dye.In our Nepal factory we use Swiss Metal Complex pigments
Imported from Switzerland. These are the most expensive dyes to use, are safe and colorfast. The graph is then prepared to scale by our master weavers. It is hung on the loom for the weavers to follow the design knot by knot.
Weaving process begins. It is a meticulous process that requires tremendous amount of accuracy and patience and is performed by highly skilled artisans.At times it is performed by more then five weavers, depending on the size of the rug.
Washing and stretching the rug is done when weaving is completed. The rug is cut down from the loom and taken to wash by experienced laborers using wooden paddles, brushes and combs to aid in the removing of excess dyes and fibers. The use of special soap and conditioners enhance the softness of the pile, sheen and colors.
Shortly after, the rug is laid flat outside to dry naturally. When a hand knotted rug comes off the loom it is never completely straight. Stretching it makes the rug square and ensures good appearance.
the process, rug art Final touches are given to the rug when laid again on the floor – trimming unusual yarn to even out the rug’s surface.When requested, small sharp scissors are used to sculpt the design giving the pattern definition and clarity.
the process. rug artPacking and shipping You’ve been waiting. Soon enough you will realize it was well worth it.Your finished hand knotted rug is rolled and packed, sometimes crated depending on the size and thickness, and is ready to ship to its new home.
Yours. Enjoy.RUG ART has developed a program to better serve our clients by overseen quality and production control, providing clients with a more pleasant experience and expedited service.