Woven Art rugs are made in Nepal at our own weaving center
located in a small, agricultural village outside of Kathmandu.
dyeing, weaving and washing are done on-site rather than being
contracted out. This ensures control over the quality of the
dyeing and weaving, and the assurance that no chemicals are
used to wash or treat our rugs.
There is growing interest in
the use of natural and sustainable products for home building
and interior decorating. We are pleased to offer a product for
those who desire a beautiful, yet less toxic home environment.
We use no chemical dyes, washes, glues, mothproofing or stainproofing
-- all of which can out-gas.
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are committed to providing decent living and working conditions
for our employees. Child labor is illegal in Nepal and
is strictly enforced. It not practiced at our weaving center.
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exceptional quality of our carpets is a result of returning
to the basics and using the traditional materials and methods
that give quality and integrity to antique oriental carpets.
using inferior materials, we begin
handspun pure Tibetan wool
• top grade Chinese silk
• unbleached cotton
wool is known for its luster, strength and resiliency. Its
high lanolin content makes it very soft and plush.
The hand-carding and hand-spinning process is more costly and labor intensive
than the mechanical method. However, it is less abrasive to the wool; more
of the natural oils (lanolin) are retained; and fewer fibers are broken. This
results in wool with better texture and longevity. Rugs woven with Tibetan
wool only become more beautiful with time. As the rugs are used and walked
on, lanolin is released and a soft sheen naturally develops.
Beauty of Natural Dyes
rich, complex, lively qualities that result from using natural
dyestuffs cannot be duplicated with synthetic dyes.
As in antique rugs, the colors
are harmonious and familiar. Hand-dyeing in small dyelots lends
to gentle color variations (abrash) in the wool, making each
Natural dyes are used exclusively.
Our vegetal dye substances are wild-crafted in Nepal and India.
They include: indigo, madder, cutch, lac, walnut and pomegranate.
A mordant is necessary to bind the dye to the wool; we use alum,
which is the safest mordant to use and dispose of.
Our very involved and unique dye
extraction process enables us to get impressive saturated colors.
only use dyes that are light-fast and wash-fast.