Construction and Materials
A note about construction
Each rug is produced in the technically demanding traditional Tibetan “cross-weave” construction method done only by the most experienced adult artisans.
This special construction creates a more durable rug and, combined with the top quality materials we use, is just part of what makes your rugs from Silk Road Weaves™ works of art that you can expect to become heirlooms for future generations.
Long-Fiber Tibetan wool
Wool for Silk Road Weaves is obtained from the sheep reared in the cold, high mountains of Tibet. The fibers of this Himalayan wool have an average length of 6 to 9 inches. This superior long fiber wool holds the dye properly and has smooth surface for long-lasting luster that only improves with age. This is the highest quality Tibetan wool available. Silk Road Weaves rugs also use silk and have options for plant fibers like Allo, Linen, Hemp, and many other materials.
What is Allo?
A plant that is indigenous to the mountains of Nepal, where Silk Road Weaves rugs are made. Another term for this plant is “Giant Himalayan Nettle.” To create the fiber for weaving, the plant undergoes a multi-stage manual processing. The result: a beautiful textural fiber that makes a beautiful companion to both wool and silk.
What is Tweeding?
Barbara’s careful selection of fiber types, dye processes and color combine with a special weaving technique that produces an amazing quality of color field depth that is both subtle and dramatic.