Organic Weave uses 100% natural dyes and mordants, which are approved by the Global Organic Textile Standard. These dyes are a healthy alternative to chemically-produced dyes used in conventional rugs.
Organic Weave’s natural organic dyes give a beautiful patina effect and become sun-bleached over time. Our plant-based dyes vary from one batch to another, so there can be some some variance between the target color and the actual color. These minor variations give our rugs a unique character.
Handknotting rugs is an ancient art. Depending on the technique and size of the rug, a handknotted rug may take weeks, months, or even years to complete.
To begin making a rug, our master weavers make a foundation – called “the warp” – which consists of thick threads of cotton, wool, or silk which run through the length of the rug. Similar threads, which pass under and over the warp threads in the opposite direction, are called wefts.
Weaving usually begins from the bottom of the loom. Dyed wool or cotton is knotted in rows around the warp strands. As more knots are added to this foundation, they become the pile of the rug. Depending upon the fineness of the weave, the quality of the materials, and the expertise of the weavers, the knot count of a homemade rug can range from sixteen to eight-hundred per square inch.
When a rug is completely knotted, the warp ends remain as the fringe. This fringe may be braided, tasseled, or secured in other ways.
Our handtufted rugs are made by punching strands of wool or cotton into an organic cotton canvas which is stretched on a frame. Master weavers “tuft” using a hand-operated “tufting-gun.”
Once the weaver has tufted the pattern onto the canvas, another fabric (the secondary backing) is attached to the back of the rug. The secondary backing is attached with a non toxic latex glue.
Flatweave rugs are made by hand without a “pile.” Some common names for flatweave include kelim, dhurrie, and tapestry.
Flatweave rugs are woven on a horizontal or a vertical loom by threading cotton, wool, or silk through the warp. They may either have a fringe or a folded edge.
Wall to Wall Carpeting
Our wall to wall carpeting is handtufted in 100% organic wool. The surface wool pile is locked in place with a secondary backing of certified organic cotton.
The process begins with punching strands of wool into a canvas which is stretched on a frame. Master weavers “tuft” using a hand-operated “tufting-gun". Once the weaver has tufted the pattern onto the canvas, another fabric called secondary backing is applied with natural rubber glue (latex). The final step is to shear the rug so that the pile is even.
Once the weaver has tufted the pattern onto the canvas, a fabric is applied with a non toxic latex glue. The final step is to shear the rug so that the pile is even.