As Casasensi, we celebrate the ancient skills of hand-knotted rugs and every rug of ours showcases the dedication to the traditional craft of rug making. Designs are brought to life with intricacy and dexterity and made with expertise passed down through the generations.
Creating a hand knotted rug
The hand-knotted process is the most time-consuming and skill requiring process to create a rug. Each rug takes several weeks to create with up to four experienced weavers working on each one at a time. From start to finish, quality is the focus to achieve heirloom rugs that are designed to last a lifetime and more.
Carding and spinning
Only the finest and sustainable materials are used to create our rugs. The primary content of our rugs is Tibetan wool sourced from Himalayan sheep in Tibet. The sheep live at altitudes of over 13,000 ft, exposed to the rough climate of the Himalayas which gives it its robust qualities. Raw wool is sorted and washed by hand to remove impurities. Next step is carding, a hand carried process that disentangle and intermix the wool which is followed by spinning into yarns.
Yarns are dyed in small batches by hand, using traditional pot dyeing methods. This process requires experience and is controlled to perfection. We ensure that only best quality dyes are used in our rugs which produce delightful colours and are free from harmful chemicals.
We create a computer-generated graph containing all essential information to provide a reference for the weavers to work with. Our rugs are woven on large vertical looms with cotton threads acting as foundation for our rugs. It is a painstaking and precise process, and our rugs come to life, knot by knot. Following this, the rug is evened and trimmed. Where required, patterns are also carved with scissors which makes them more prominent and visually attractive.
Weaved rugs are washed several times with natural soap and spring water and using a wooden paddle called ‘pharwa’ that squeezes water through the pile. Washing also helps soften the rugs, creating a luxurious feel. Following this, our rugs are stretched to dry in the sun.
Pack and export
All our rugs go through detailed checks before being shipped to ensure the highest quality standards are met.