Understanding the process of handmade products in developing countries provides important perspective on your purchasing. Tribe Home works with weavers whose inherent skills have been passed down through generations. Each of our programmed rugs in our collections follows important and intricate measures through its passage to you from India.
Hand spinning yarn is an ancient textile art which draws out fibres and twists them together, forming their length and alignment. Using hand powered winders, the craftspeople require accurate hand eye coordination to continuously fill the spindles.
Hand dyeing yarn demands care and accuracy, with many workers operating solely on this step of the rug production. The dyeing method is completed by hand in large troughs, hanging medium skeins upon rotating rods through fire warmed water, adding rich depths of hues and a unique imperfect textured finish to the yarns.
Our rugs follow a number of traditional weaving styles respected by the weaving industry for centuries. Each weave calls for speciality craftsmanship depending on the style of weaving.
'Hand-looming' and 'hand-weaving' creates each rug on a scaled wooden vertical or horizontal loom, intersecting the warp using stretched yarns to build the weft. 'Hand-tufting' differs by using a hand operated gun to follow a pattern on a vertical stretched frame. The hand-tufting pistol pinches yarn through the pattern to build taut piles. 'Hand-knotting' is the most specialised technique, created by advanced craftsman on vertical looms with a taut warp.
'The Nepalese' uses a metal rod, allowing the weaver to knot an entire row of knots by cutting it at each end to build the pile. 'The Persian' knot method is the most intricate as the weaver knots each yarn and cuts it individually to create the pile.
Washing & Drying
An important step, the washing process seals the colouration and durability of your rug. Once it comes off the loom, large wooden paddles rinse each side of the masterwork by cleansing them with soaping water and tightening the finishing fibres. Each rug is positioned flat and taut across a drying frame for its final dry-off and flatten test.
Our rugs are thoughtfully hand finished, offering a truly one of a kind appearance. No two rugs are alike, as they are carefully inspected and sheared using scissors to inspect each edge, stitch and weave.