Cliff Young Ltd.

2014-07-04

Tibetan rugs and the stories they tell

Our extended rug family from Nepal, visiting the Cliff Young showroom

With a cultural heritage and traditions going deep in history, Tibetans have long established themselves as luxury rugs craftsmen of the world.  For people who live so simply and humbly in sync with nature and its seasons, becoming the epitome of luxury tells a lot about the true attributes of luxury: authenticity, meaning, extraordinary craftsmanship and quality.

Developing their craft within centuries, Tibetans have nurtured it with every generation, bringing each step and technique closer to perfection every time.

The wool from Toe Nagri, Tibet, is high in lanolin, which makes it more durable, resilient and water-resistant. The wool is gently washed in local rivers to remove impurities and then sorted according to color variations.

washing and sorting the wool

Using traditional techniques, the wool is softened using a metal bristled brush and then spun into yarns with simple wooden wheels.

Softening and spinning wool

After that, the wool is dyed using natural or chemical pigments and full scale blueprints of the rugs are prepared for each design.  Modern design techniques and computer software come in handy today to help with the meticulous task of applying color and pattern to each square inch of the rugs.  Computers also make it easier to create new, custom designs all the time and render them in color before production.

Yarn coloring and rug pattern making

Then, with an array of techniques that took centuries in the making, teams of craftspeople set to work, as amazing designs slowly unfold.  Intricate knotting done by hand with precision and skill, seamlessly juggling different colors or bringing in new fibers such as silk, bamboo silk, aloo, hemp.

weaving rugs

To finish, trimmers go inch by inch to perfect the rug, and then the rug is sent to washing, and drying outside.

trimming and washing rugs

 

 


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