JOURNEY OF A RUG
All the rugs start as raw wool, natural silk or hemp. The main material is tibetan wool that comes from sheeps that graze in the highlands of Tibet. Because the sheeps roam freely in the wild, the wool they produce is strong and rich in lanolin content, which makes Tibetan wool one of the finest natural fibers in the world.
Hand carding is a vital step in the production process because it transforms the raw wool into yarn that is ready to be spun. The process of hand carding involves de-tangling the raw wool by teasing it back and forth between two paddles. These paddles have small metal spikes on one side, which act as a brush, working through the tangles to filter out any thorns or grasses, which may have become attached from before the sheep were sheared.
The rugs are washed with fresh water
using wooden scrapers, soft brushes and
combs to remove excess lanolin and to
bring up the woolen piles’ inherent luster.
Gentle soaps are used to enhance the
softness, sheen and vibrancy of the colors.