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Monday
Aug252014

how it's made: handwoven recycled sari rugs

The making of the handwoven recycled sari rugs and runners begins at the core of the rug—the vibrant silk fibers which come from the sari manufacturing industry. This thriving business in India reflects the richness of its culture—and its resourcefulness as it leaves little to waste.

In Bangalore, located in south India, remnants of sarees are sold to companies who segregate it as per the potential use of the materials and a buyer’s needs—and while sarees are made in various parts of India, these lots of remnants are usually a mix of all colors which allows for specific shade requirements to be met in the segregation process.

A control sample helps to guide the color separator and the remainder of the fibers are used to make the yarns of mixed colors—so just about everything is used in the end.

Once the fibers are well organized, it’s then handspun into yarn—the results of this process are yarns with varying thicknesses at random places. In order to have a level of consistency, all the highly uneven count is removed as well as any drastic shade changes.

When enough fibers are gathered and yarn spun, the weaving process begins on a regular vertical loom which is typically used to weave dhurrie or hand-knotted rugs.

During the weaving process, rows of yarns are pressed together using a wooden comb which makes the weaving tighter and more durable.

To secure the weaving and complete the look, the same yarns are used to hand-stitch all of the edges and a final washing completes the process.

Thursday
Aug142014

fall favorites: curtis

green trio dish
not just for the table, looks great on
a desk with paper clips, etc.
color block bookcase
great combination of hi-gloss colors
silo side tables
love the contrast of the metal against the white marble

Thanks to curtis, creative director.

Wednesday
Jul302014

fall favorites: april

tangled web macrame wall hanging
love this for added texture in a space—it could easily work on a wall or as a room divider.
ground control jute rug
a nice neutral rug with some added pops of orange for a more masculine room.
bell white flush mount lamp
I’m going to be putting these down
my hallway to add a little warm metallic to the otherwise white space.

Thanks to april, senior catalog merchandising manager.

Wednesday
May212014

summer favorites: april

cube table-planter
best use of space and super versatile. I think you could even flip
it on its side and use it a third way —with battery operated candlelight
in the open space!
bergama reversible outdoor rug
simple and graphic, just the way
I like it—plus the care is effortless!
sophia chair
flexible material is super comfy to spend an entire evening with friends tasting rosé wines.

Monday
Jul162012

the making of: the family rug

First, recipes are prepared which will dye the natural wool to match specified colors.

Bunches of spun yarn are then loaded into a dyeing cabinet—boiling water is added along with the dye coloring—for 3-4 hours of dyeing time. Yarns are ready for tufting after drying in both a machine and warm sunlight.

Next, heavy cotton canvas—which will be the back of the rug—is stretched and nailed to an iron frame.

The pattern design is then transferred to the stretched cotton with the use of stencils—which leave outline markings for tufters to follow.

Since the pattern of the family rug is fairly graphic—using a lot of straight lines and blocks of colors—tufting is much like coloring in the lines while kneeling on the floor…or balancing on a scaffold for the larger 8x10’ version.

Tufting is the process of punching the yarns with a hand-tool through the canvas and back to create the pile—much like blades grass which stand up through soil.

When the entire rug is completely tufted, liquid latex is painted onto the backing which will help hold the weavings in place. Once dried in natural sunlight, the rug is removed from the iron frame, the edges are cut, rolled and stitched under.

And even though the pile is trimmed to an even length by a machine, well trained eyes ‘knit pick’ loose yarns with scissors and skilled hands. Finally, each rug is inspected, rolled and packed for shipping.