The Rug Making
Our rugs are made in Kathmandu, Nepal and Bhadohi, India, both regions well known for their carpet making. In both places skilled craftsmen use traditional techniques which are indigenous to the area and have been passed down through the generations.
Throughout the process of making the rug each stage is carried out by hand, not only making it exceptionally high quality and durable, but also ultimately giving you a totally unique and customised piece for your home.
The rugs are made out of both New Zealand and Tibetan wool, and art silk. The first stage is to dye the materials for the individual rug – the ‘dye master’ mixes the exact amounts of pigment needed to colour up the shades chosen, and the wools and silks are turned by hand in vats until he approves the colours. The yarn is then hung out to dry in every available space, often covering surrounding rooftops.
Once dried the wool and silk are hand spun to the correct ply and thickness needed for the knot number. Finally the yarn is gathered into balls ready for weaving.
Each piece is hand knotted on a loom, depending on its size sometimes up to 8 people can be weaving in unison together. Graph paper depicting the design is hung above them and they knot the design completely by eye.
Once the weaving is complete the rug is then washed with water and a chemical to clean and colour fast it – it is then put out to dry on a rack that also stretches it to the right size.
Finally the rug goes into ‘finishing’ where it is hand bound and hand trimmed to the right pile height. Only when it is thoroughly checked and approved is it ready to be sent.
We work with a charity in Kathmandu and India called Care & Fair.
Ensuring that no child labour or any other unethical practices are employed during the making of our rugs. Amy also directly supports schools in both regions by organising private fund events with her children.