1. Design Map
1. Design Map
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. For handtufted r... Read more
2. Tracing
2. Tracing
The design is then trespassed and laid out onto the cotton fabric that the yarn will be punched into. Here are a few examples from our own custom handtufted rugs. Custom Handmade Rug Reindeers in Norway Handtufted Custom Rug Arabic Declaration of Human Rights: Read more
3. Dyeing and preparing the yarn
3. 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
4. Start Tufting
4. Start Tufting
After the yarn is ready dyed, dry and rolled, it is time to start tufting your custom handtufted rug. Tufting is done by punching strands of wool into the fabric canvas with the traced design that has been stretched on the frame. Our expert weavers use a hand operated tool similar to a gun. This is done from the back of the future rug. That is why you will see the pictures here show the images inv... Read more
5. Washing and Drying
5. Washing and Drying
The carpet goes through a soft, but vigorous washing process with water and neutral detergents before being laid out to dry. Read more
6. Latexing
6. Latexing
Handtufted rugs are given a latex layer on the backside when the tufting is finished. Then a thin fabric is pasted on the latex. After that a proper latex layer is done and a thicker cotton fabric is applied on it. This is to keep the wool yarns together and provide a resistant back for the rug. Read more
7. Embossing and Carving
7. Embossing and Carving
After tufting, 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