Rug Making Process

From the selection of the best materials to the last finished touches, the making of a Tibetan rug requires passion, skills and technique. If you have any specific questions regarding the making of our rugs, feel free to contact us, we are always happy to share. 

Sourcing of the raw material
1. Sourcing of the raw material
Sourcing the necessary high quality raw materials is the first but a very crucial step of the intricate making process of our rugs. The wool and silk we use at Kreativerugs come directly from carefully selected Tibetan nomads with who we keep a close relationship. Not only it guarantees we get the best wool quality but it also allows us to make sure all the actors who participate in the making of our rugs are treated fairly and ethically.
Hand carding
2. Hand carding
After being carefully washed, the wool is then hand carded in the traditional way using wooden carding paddles. Hand carding basically transforms the original fleeces made of disorganized wool fibers into an organized roll of straight fibers ready to be spinned. A string of straight fiber is called a strand.
Hand spinning
3. Hand spinning
Strands of fibers are at this stage far too thin to be further processed. Spinning is basically the twisting together of drawn out strands to form a yarn that is resistant enough to be woven. Generally 3 strands are hand-spun together but it can be more depending on the intended use of the yarn.
Traditional pot dying method
4. Traditional pot dying method
The just-spun yarn is submerged in a pot of pre-heated dye. Temperature and concentration of the dye, thickness of the yarn and soaking time are the main factors that needs to be taken into account during this process. Once dyed, the yarn is then naturally dried for a few days under the sun.
5. Balling
A simple, but yet important step that consists in combining 3 plyes of yarn together and organizing them into a ball shape to facilitate the weaving process.
Designing and graphing
6. Designing and graphing
Even though some specific designs are still drawn by our lovely designing team, the intricacy of modern designs require now the use of powerful softwares. The ones we use at Kreativerugs are the most advanced ones of the market which allows our designers to let their imagination go and create almost anything. Once a design is finalized, a full size graph is edited. It will be further used by our weavers to know what color is to be used for each knot.
7. Weaving
Weaving is an art by itself which is often passed down through generations. All our rugs are woven by hand following the traditional Tibetan way using the double knotting system. Each woven knot will result in a single point of color comparable to a pixel of a tv screen. Very intricate designs may require up to 200 knots per square inch to be accurately replicated.
8. Trimming
Once the rug is completely woven, it is removed from its loom and placed flat on the floor. With the help of long and sharp scissors, the edges of each color patches are incised to enhance the clarity and give your rug a more pleasing aesthetic.
9. Clipping
Larger scissors called Khap-Shu (in Tibetan) are used to cut down the pile and make the surface even.
10. Washing
Before being sent to you, your rugs will be washed using fresh water and eco-friendly household detergent. A wooden block is run up and down the carpet’s surface to remove any kind of dirt and restore the original shine of the wool.
Finishing touches
11. Finishing touches
After drying under the sun for a few days, final touches in the form of embossing, clipping, carving can be applied again if necessary. Your masterpiece is now ready to be sent, only a few more days and you will receive it at your door.