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 or rug at Decorative Rugs Studio has been crafted by hand 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 azo free 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 is carded. Carding is the process of combing of jumbled fibres of raw wool by hand before the process of hand spinning is done. Experienced skilled person produce the yarn at various thicknesses according to rugs requirement eg. higher or lower knot count.
Dyeing master matches the colors and does processing of dyeing. The dyed yarns are dried in the sun.
Once the 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.
Grid drawings or maps (at present days, the grid is printed using the computers) of the design are done by graph master. The grid drawing is followed by the weavers for every knot and placement of colors.
Skilled craftsmen do weaving of rug 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.
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 are stretched and make the perfect rectangle or other shape.
The rug is clipped along with motifs to define the pattern or motif elements and make the pile neatly smooth.
The final stage involves wrapping the sides or edges of the rug with a yarn that matches the design.
The perfect rug which involves so many hands of skilled men and women artisans will add 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.
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 if proper vacuuming and cleaning are done regularly.