Casasensi rugs are made of world’s best quality materials and there are many to choose from. Each rug can be produced entirely of the same yarn, or, different yarns can be mixed to create even more striking visual effect. Each material embodies distinctive visual attributes, such as level of sheen or intensity of colour, but also also offers various levels of softness or durability.
The main yarn used in our rugs is Tibetan Wool known to be most durable, soft and luxurious wool in the world. Tibetan wool is produced from a high land sheep called Changpel. They graze over 14,000 feet above sea level in rough Himalayas and highlands. Due to extreme weather conditions they’re exposed to, sheep develop long and extremely strong fleece with a high level of Lanolin content which gives the wool its softness and slight sheen.
Bamboo silk is an alternative to traditional silks. It is a natural yarn produced of fibre from the bamboo plant, natural and 100% renewable. With its exquisite sheen, bamboo silk’s appearance is almost identical to Chinese silk however, at a lower price point. It works beautifully used with other fibres such as wool, creating delightful contrasts. Bamboo yarn’s colour changes depending on light and angle it is looked at and this results in visually striking effects.
Mohair wool is the yarn produced from the Angora goat. Mohair is known for its softness and richness. It is used in hand knotted rugs to add a textural and tactile quality.
Chinese silk is renowned for its softness and sheen and it is possibly the most luxurious and expensive yarn. The world’s finest rugs are made entirely of pure silk. The production of silk originated in China in the Neolithic period (Yangshao culture, 4th millennium BC). Silk production remained confined to China until the Silk Road opened at some point during the latter part of the 1st millennium BC, though China maintained its virtual monopoly over silk production for another thousand years. Today, China is known for producing the best quality silk.