Mud, kids, dogs?
Tibetan rugs are made with colorfast Swiss dyes.
The rugs can be washed
with soap and water, and laid in the direct sun to dry.
They can be
All these wonderful qualities make a Tibetan rug
both beautiful and durable for years to come.
A Short History of Tibetan Rugs
Tibetans have been weaving rugs for centuries. In 1949, the Chinese
took control of Tibet. When the cultural revolution of 1959 forced
the Dalai Lama to flee from Tibet into India, many Tibetans began
their exodus as well. Many found their new homes in Nepal. They arrived
with nothing except what they could carry over the Himalayan Mountains.
In order to sustain themselves, they began weaving rugs to
sell. Since then, the rug industry in Nepal has expanded greatly,
exporting rugs all over the world.
makes a Tibetan rug so special?
traditional TIbetan rug begins with wool f rom the sheep living high
in the Himalayan Mountains. Their wool is soft and strong and has a
high lanolin content that naturally repels stains. The rugs are woven
on an upright loom using cotton warp and waft. The wool is hand-knotted
to make a pile rug. Each knot is hand tied using more complicated weaving
techniques than most other hand knotted rugs. The longer you walk on
a Tibetan rug, the tighter the knots become, causing the rug to become better
over time. Most rugs last as long as 80-100 years! The rugs are made using 60, 80 or
100 knots per square inch. The 60- and 80-knot rugs have a deeper pile
and the 100-knot rugs are thinner with more elaborate design. The traditional
designs are quite varied, ranging from dragons and tigers to coin mandalas,
florals, and stripes and crosses. Now, contemporary and modern designs
are made as well. The variety of designs makes the Tibetan rugs of
today appealing to a wide range of tastes.