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. Lulu and Georgia's handmade rugs are crafted in India by skilled artisans who follow a meticulous process to ensure each rug is of the highest quality. Here is a more detailed look at each stage of the making process.
The first step in making a rug is spinning the wool into yarn. The spinners use raw, un-dyed wool and spin it into yarn manually using a spinning wheel. This process can take several hours or even days depending on the size of the batch. The yarn is then wound into skeins and set aside for dyeing.
Once the yarn has been spun, it is time for the dyeing process. The fibers are dyed using natural or synthetic dyes depending on the desired color. The yarns are hung to dry, and because the fibers are dyed for each batch of rugs, there may be slight variations in color between batches.
After the yarn has been dyed, it is handed off to the weavers to begin rug construction. For hand-knotted rugs, each piece of yarn is attached to the rug in rows, knot by knot. The artisans have to carefully examine the rug pattern as they knot to ensure each completed rug is the same. This process can take several months depending on the size and complexity of the rug.
Once the rug is complete, it is time for the washing process. This is the most challenging part of the process as the washing needs to be done correctly to achieve the desired softness, sheen, and texture. The rug is washed with water and mild soap and then rinsed multiple times to remove any soap residue. It is then left to dry in the sun.
After the rug is dry, it is sheared either with an electric tool or with scissors to achieve the specified pile length. The finishing touches, such as fringe or other details, are added to the rug. The rug is then rolled up and shipped out to its new home.