The finished product is mainly all we see and experience when it comes to rugs. Although, as we all know, there’s so much more that goes beneath the surface.
Creating antique rugs is an ancient art form passed down from generation to generation. Not only that, but it has been an art form that has been perfected and crafted in the best way possible with the use of only the best materials.
From the most expensive natural wools to the most organic of dyes, so many hours are spent to create just one antique rug – this is a well-known fact.
Although did you know that this long rug creation can be summed up in a three-step process?
Here at The House of Rugs, we’re passionate about all things rugs, so we want to let you in on a little secret on how your favorite rugs are made:
- Making the wool into yards of yarn.
As many of us know, the yarn that we use to create our rugs is gathered from sheep that are sheared by professional shearers. Then the wool collected is sent in large bundles where it is then separated by experts with an eye for color coordination.
After the wool has been separated, it’s now time to make it light and airy so it can be spun on the wheel and so it can be made into yarn.
- Dyeing the yarn into the desired color.
Once the yarn has been gathered, it’s time to dye it using some of the best natural ingredients available to a certain area. Things like fruits, plants, vegetables, and even insects can be used.
This process can take about 20 to 30 minutes because you have to extract the pigment, add in cold water, and so much more. It’s a tedious process, but seeing the wool change colors is such a worthwhile experience.
- Starting to weave the yarn.
Lastly, weaving the yarn is the hardest part because some rugs can take months and even years to finish. This depends on the size of the rug or whether an artist would draw a unique pattern for their rug. So there’s no set time frame for weaving the yarn because this process depends on the size, design, and the artist working on the rug itself.
If you have a rug at home, simply look at it and admire the craftsmanship that has gone into making it. There are so many steps that had to be done before it reached you, and that in itself is a very beautiful thing.
So if you want to look into purchasing a beautiful and authentic antique rug, then give us a call today at The House of Rugs, and we’d be more than happy to walk you through our collection.
The House of Rugs serves clients around Houston and the Woodlands, Texas.