Character and individuality
A handmade rug isn’t for everyone, by their very nature of being handmade they are not always perfect in pattern, colour, size and even weave. We realise in todays ‘day and age’ many customers require perfection and for this we recommend a machine-made rug or even a hand-tufted rug.
But for those of us that understand the nature of handmade rugs then you can appreciate the storey, the workmanship and character of a rug woven by hand.
In many areas around the world like Tibet, the weaving and sale of these rugs is essential for sub staining life and communities.
Handmade rugs often take months, even years for bigger rugs to be made. They are often made in yurts by nomads roaming the land whilst herding sheep and cattle. Most are made by wool or silk or a mixture of both.
How a Handmade Rug is made
A handmade rug is woven by hand on a weaving loom. The weavers start off by attaching what is called the ‘Warp’ this is the vertical yarns which run through the rug, top to bottom and end normally as a fringe.
The yarn which forms the pile is then knotted or tied around the warp and cut off. After each line of knots running the width of the rug a horizontal line of yarn called the ‘weft’ is woven. The weft if woven tightly and pushed up to hold the knots of pile in tightly. Most handmade rugs are made of natural yarns like wool, silk and cotton. The patterns are woven by memory or by following drawings and pictures.