Behind the pieces in our collections are the artisans that craft them. We want to highlight the care and consideration that is taken to create beautiful, handmade items by sharing a closer look at where and how they are made.
Our handmade rugs are designed in Los Angeles and woven by skilled weavers in Bhadohi, India. Depending on the size, a handknotted rug can take 3-6 months to complete. Every single fiber is touched and knotted by the weaver.
The process of making a rug starts with spinning the wool into yarn. Spinners use raw, un-dyed wool and spin to yarn manually, using a spinning wheel.
Once the wool has been made to yarn, the fibers are dyed. Due to the fact that the fibers are dyed for each batch of rugs, there can sometimes be slight variances in color.
Dyed yarns that have been hung to dry are then handed off to the weavers to start on the rug construction. For handknotted rugs, this means each piece of yarn is attached to the rug in rows, knot by knot. Artisans have to carefully examine the rug pattern as they knot to ensure each completed rug is the same.
After months of knotting, the rugs are ready to be washed. The washing process is the hardest part to perfect. If done correctly, the wash will help soften the rug and give it a unique sheen and texture.
Drying and Finishing
After the wash, the rugs are left out in the sun to be dried. From there, they are sheared either with an electric tool or with scissors to be the specified pile length. Finishing touches, like fringe, are made and the rug is ready to be rolled up and shipped out.