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Materials & Techniques

Materials & Techniques

There are many different ways to hand knot a rug, as well as a wide array of materials to choose from. In our case, we operate best when working with wool. Its soft and warm texture is definitely appreciated by many. The properties of this particular yarn make it desired by numerous rug aficionados and our expertise in yarning is largely comprised of wool techniques.

Wool

The Atlas Mountains sheep are a great resource of wool. Raised in a friendly and nurturing environment, by summer the sheep are shorn to gather the fleece and to relieve the lovely creatures from the season’s hot sun. After the shearing and collection process is done with, the wool is washed and hand-spun into soft yarns. Wool is known for retaining its shape and its unique natural properties allow it to be water repellent and flame retardant. In addition, wool is resistant to many acids and remains a resilient and elastic fiber.

 

Techniques

In order to satisfy all tastes, different techniques are used to weave, knit, and finally produce woolen rugs. Some of the most used techniques are:

HandKnitting technique

The yarn is tightly knotted by hand around the warp and weft of the rug. The smaller the knot, the more detail and quality it offers. This technique allows the rug to remain durable and will surely last many generations to come.

Cut Pile

The soft and luxurious feel of rugs is made thanks to this technique. The yarn loops are sheared which leaves the pile upright and awards it with a smooth touch.

Loop Pile

This texture is achieved by leaving the knots around the rod uncut. Rugs made with this technique are interesting and captivating to look at.

Flat Loop Pile

This technique is similar to the Loop Pile, except that the yarns are knotted directly onto the warp - and left uncut.

Needlepoint

Traditional, simple, and usually colorful. This technique is used when delicate patterns are to be created. Wool is stitched through a natural canvas and transforms into an exquisite piece of art.

Crewelwork

Ancient and efficient. The Crewelwork technique uses two-ply wool yarn to create pictures and patterns, and it’s an all-time favorite amongst artisans.