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Combining quality and comfort, handcrafted Indian rugs are renowned for the beauty and warmth they bring to our homes –; but how?many of us really know the effort that?goes into making a rug?

Before the first tuft is inserted or woven by the maker, a great deal of?skill and expertise is employed to transform wool from its raw state.

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The wool is washed thoroughly to remove any lanolin, before going through?a process of carding: a method which straightens the individual strands, ready to be turned into yarn. Creating the yarn is a?task performed by skilled craftspeople who are able to produce exactly?the right thickness of yarn for each rug’s individual style.

Each batch of yarn is then carefully dyed to create the desired colours for the rug. Dyers develop their skills over time, giving them precise understanding of the amount of dye required?to colour the wool yarn perfectly or create effectsfunny standard pillowcases, like space dyeing. Once the yarn is?dyed and dried, the construction of the rug can begin.

Whilst many Indian rugs are made from wool, jute is also an important?material in Indian rug construction. Jute is made entirely from plant?fibres that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. Once in thread?form, or in a rope of threads, there are a number of ways that the jute can be transformed into a rug. Sections can be woven, and can often be seen plaited?or coiled into geometric designs.

Whether the rug is woven or tufted depends upon the texture that?is required, but either way, the amount of work that goes into each rug is?immense.

Weaving a rug typically involves the use of a manual loom by a skilled weaver, where they employ absolute precision to ensure the weave is correct.?Hand-tufting?means that every piece of yarn is individually placed whilst following?the pattern of the rug. It takes a long time for the craftspeople responsible for this task to?hone their abilities, developing and?refining their technique over a period of years.

Many of our wool rugs have intricate patterns hand-carved into the pile, which is achieved by using clippers or shears to produce subtle variations in the colour or texture of the pile. A tremendous level of skill is required from the person performing this task, as it is all done by?eye.?Each rug is then clipped across the surface to ensure that the pile?height is correct and has a beautiful even finish.

As with all handcrafted rugs, the manual nature means each item will be slightly different once completed, meaning your rug will be unique to you.

At the pinnacle of rug construction is the ancient art of hand-knotting. Unlike weaving or tufting where tools play a part in?the rug construction, hand-knotting is an intricate and time-intensive?process where a practised craftsperson knots each tuft into a?rug individually.

Dependent upon the material used and the desired effect, the knots may range from incredibly fine to something thicker and more substantial. Either way, each knot is placed entirely by hand and?then further tightened by the knots being pushed together using a comb-like tool.

Although it is a slow process which takes days to complete, hand-knotting?creates beautiful pieces which are all one of a kind due to the individual artisan’s unique approach to the rug making process.

Finally, the rug is carefully cleaned and brushed to remove any?clippings before being left to dry in the sun.

Once the body of the rug has been finished, it may have a backing added. This will usually be made of cotton and will only be added for certain designs and materials. The final step is to finish the edges to prevent any fraying, and then each Dunelm rug is carefully stored, ready to be shipped and complete your home.

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