1. Design Map and Weaving Graph
1. Design Map and Weaving Graph
The first step in making a custom rug, whether it is handknotted or handtufted, is preparing the design map. This is a crucial step, as it will determine the final outcome quality. Our expert designers spend as much time as necessary making sure their map is perfect. We can do it by hand or per computer, depending on the type of design and the final effect desired by the customer. With handknotted... Read more
2. Dyeing and Preparing the Yarn
2. Dyeing and Preparing the Yarn
This is how we select the colours for the varied yarn that we offer for our custom rugs and how we dye them. Whether you choose to have your rug handmade in New Zealand or Tibetan wool, in viscose, bamboo or Chinese silk, linen, hemp, nettle or recycled PET, at Rug Your Life you can always choose the colours you want for your rug. When we receive your design and colour preferences, if different th... Read more
3. Weaving
3. Weaving
The design is then woven following the design map or weaving graph. Often several skilled weavers will sit and work together on the rug at the same time. The rug is created by carefully knotting the right colour on the right spot on the warp. The weavers move their hands very precisely and quickly, while paying close attention to each knot's colour. Here is a short video of one of our weavers crea... Read more
4. Washing
4. Washing
Once the carpet is completely woven, it comes off the loom and goes through a soft, but vigorous washing process with water and neutral detergents. This process removes dust and small yarn pieces. It will leave the carpet completely clean and it is important to maintain and care for the carpet by vacuum cleaning it regularly once you have it. Here is our video of the washing process of a handknott... Read more
5. Stretching
5. Stretching
After washing, the carpet is stretched in order to balance the handmade knots and create a perfectly flat-laying surface. This is the best way for the rug to dry and get its final shape and exact size. Here is a video of the stretching process of one of our handknotted rugs. Read more
6. Embossing and Carving
6. Embossing and Carving
After weaving, washing and stretching, the wool needs to be cut at the right length and details as carving or embossing are applied. Here is an image of a thin line carving: And here is an image of a deeply embossed rug with the black background in a lower pile than the colours: Read more
7. Binding
7. Binding
You can choose whether you want to keep the fringe of your custom handknotted carpet or if you prefer it bound. The binding is done either in one of the design colours, in a completely different one, or following the design colours all around for a continuous pattern. In any case, it is always our binding master who very skilfully creates the perfect frame for your rug. Read more