When it comes to choosing a rug we believe our customers should always have the ultimate say, so why not bend the rules a little and create your own design with our Custom & Bespoke design Service – you can choose any colour size or design and we’ll do the rest.
This is how it works..
Step 1 – Simple Designs
For simple designs involving just one colour you just need to select the colour shades that you want – we have hundreds of different inspiring colour shades to choose from or we can match our samples to anything you want to bring us. We can then set to work to make runners, ovals, circles, squares – any shape and size you like.
Step 1 – Complexed Designs
You can choose from any of our designs which can be tailored to suit your requirements or you can create your very own design. For further inspirational input you can enlist the help of our dedicated design team, our designers will visit your home and work with you to choose your very own bespoke design. Throughout the design process we can show you representations of the proposed design and let you see how it might look in situ, for added confidence we can even make you a small sample.
Step 2– Production
Once the order is agreed we send the details to Rajasthan, India for the production process to begin.
Step 3 – Plan
A life size numerical plan of the design is created by our graphic designer. The plan is printed off and sent to the village. It then rests in front of the loom as an instruction to the weavers. The numbers and dots on the plan specifies the sequence of colour and where every knot should go.
Step 4 – Carding the wool
Carding is the necessary process of teasing and straightening out the random fibres of raw wool, this is all done by hand and typically a task undertaken by the one of the village elders.
Step 5 – Spinning
The carded wool is then spun into yarn. According the how fine the carpet is intended to be the yarn can be spun at various levels of thicknesses – to create rugs with higher or lower level of knot count.
Step 6– Dyeing
The master dyer takes the duty for matching the colours to the required design and prepares the dyes accordingly. The yarns are dyed and left to dry naturally in the open environment. Once dried they can be collected and wound into circlets and taken to the weavers.
Step 7 – Weaving
The ancient art of carpet weaving for our rugs is undertaken by the skilled artisan weavers of rural Rajasthan, India. Looms tend to be located within the family home, mostly outside but always with some form cover to protect against the elements. A typical loom will accommodate 2/3 wearers working side by side although sometimes up to 8 weavers can occupy one loom. The process of tying the knot to the foundation (weft & weave) is not too dissimilar a process to that as tying a shoelace – once the knot is tied it’s the cut and so on and so on. Each knot then represents a single piece of pile and so the finer the carpet the longer it takes to make. As a general guide a typical 300x200cm carpet would require circa 1.5 million knots to produce and can take anything from 3 to 12 months to complete, the end effect is stunning.
Step 7 – Washing
After cutting the carpets down from the loom they can then be carefully washed on both sides. Natural water is squeezed through the pile with wooden battens to remove surface debris – this is repeated several times before being left to naturally dry in the sun.
Step 8 – Finishing
After a few days and once completely dry, the rug is laid flat and the pile is clipped and cut neatly, again all by hand to the required height. The edges of the rug are then neatly entwined to secure the edges before a general tidy it up.
Step 9 – Shipping
When complete we securely package the carpet and take the pleasure of sending it to your home where it can be enjoyed as an individually crafted piece of floor art that’s guaranteed to enhance your home.