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Ancient Yet Contemporary

Tibet Rug Company emerged in 1991 with a clear vision--to unite our worlds in creative expression. The concept was simple: to combine the ancient art of Tibetan hand-knotting with original, contemporary design to create an evolving collection of rugs crafted with structural and artistic integrity.

Manufacturing Process

First, raw wool is brought into Nepal from Tibet. Tibetan sheep live at high altitudes in extreme conditions and are known for producing some of the finest (lanolin-rich, strongly-fibered) wool in the world. In Nepal, the wool is hand-carded, washed and hand-spun. Hand-carding and spinning is much more expensive and time consuming than machine processes but achieves two important results: 1) It breaks down less fibers of the wool to create stronger, longer-wearing wool, and 2) Its irregular diameter creates a more desirable, interesting texture in the final weave. The wool is then pot-dyed and hand-knotted on looms with a cotton warp. Next, the rugs must be hand-clipped and carved. The final step is to wash and block the rugs. This is a lengthy process. To put it in perspective, a 4 x 6 rug requires approximately 250 man-hours to produce! The hand-knotting process combined with the superb quality of the wool produces a rug that, under normal circumstances, will last for generations.

Because these rugs are hand-knotted, each piece will vary from the next. Sizes will not be exact, circles will not be perfectly round, and borders will not be perfectly straight. In this day of "cookie cutter" manufacturing, these imperfections become valuable indications that a product is truly hand-crafted. In addition, the hand-knotting process enables us to produce a much denser pile than the finest quality machine-made rug. The rug will wear longer, be much more soil- and stain-resistant, and, once soiled, will clean up better than any machine-made counterparts.