Friday, June 7, 2013

Magic Carpets!

Hi!  How are you all?   I want to share today some fabulous rugs from a company I really love.  Nothing makes a space more homey and burst with personality than an amazing rug.  The company is called Surya and they have beautiful hand tufted and hand knotted rugs made from extravagant New Zealand wool.  The designers that create the carpets are known world wide.  I'm excited to share a little about each of the following rugs.

I love the color of this 100 percent New Zealand wool, hand tufted, and hand carved details of plush pile.

 A hand tufted rug is made by punching strands of wool into a canvas which is stretched on a frame. This is accomplished with the help of a hand operated tool. This process is not very time intensive, and does not require the same level of skill that hand-knotting does.  After piling with wool, the rug is removed from the frame and a scrim fabric is glued to the back, while a fringe is added by either sewing on, or gluing.

The elegant and traditional design of this rug is 100 percent semi-worsted New Zealand wool.  Semi-worsted means refer to the arrangement of fibers in a single ply yarn. The fibers in woolen yarn are as randomly arranged as possible, to increase the number of air spaces. Short fiber is carded and made into rolags, which are spun from the end by drafting against the advancing twist. 

This rug is also hand knotted which makes it extra special because the quality of a hand-knotted carpet is determined by the number of knots per square inch, and a higher density means better quality.  A complex pattern can require very dense knotting and it can take a long time to produce. An average weaver can tie about 10,000 knots per day. So you can imagine how long it can take to complete one rug. The time involved also accounts for hand-knotted rugs costing more.

The thing I love about this orange rug with the geometric flowered designs is the asymmetry of the rug.  This rug is also a hand tufted New Zealand wool of plush pile.  What makes New Zealand wool so special? 

  1. Fibre Integrity: Wools of New Zealand branded carpets must have a minimum total wool content of 80 percent and at least 60 percent of the total fibre content must be New Zealand wool.
  2. Performance: Wools of New Zealand branded carpets and rugs undergo a series of tests for qualities including durability, appearance retention and colour fastness.
  3. Control: The use of the Wools of New Zealand brand is tightly controlled through formal licensing. We have more than 100 trade partners worldwide, including many of the world’s leading carpet yarn spinners and carpet and rug manufacturers. 

Surya offers many many types of rugs made from various other fibers (natural and man made)  and produced in several other ways. Make sure to check out their website  Custom sizes are available for many of their rugs and they ship it straight to your door!  Company's that prioritize convenience in our busy world makes them irreplaceable.

Thank you my fellow design and style friends!  Until next week when I share some of my favorite details when designing a room.  Yours, Joanie