“Nature’s Loom takes great pride in manufacturing and programming hand made Indian carpets in the colors and qualities the industry demands today”.

Indian Carpets are renowned for their exquisite designs, subtle elegance, attractive colors, and superb qualities.

Carpet weaving was brought to India in the 16th century by the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Some of the most stunning and famous carpets were created during the great Mughal reign. Each carpet created was unlike any other but was inundated with the colors and design of the period.



COLOR:

Color is what catches our eye. Indian carpets are renowned for there exotic colors, much like the colors of the jewels and flowering gardens found here. At first nature was the source of perfect dyes and attractive colors. Color can be drawn from many things in nature, one in particular Madder Root which produces a whole range of pinks and reds, and with green from grass and blues from Indigo.

Today’s weavers use a wide range of dying techniques from natural vegetation to synthetic or man made dyes.


TOUCH:

From the beginning of time, wool has been the predominant material used in hand-knotted carpets. The wool used has a variety of origins from New Zealand to Gazni or Afghan. Each origin will produce a different feel all dependant on the use for which the carpet is being woven.

Silk is also a popular material used in carpets. Some carpets are woven purely in silk, some may be a blend of wool & silk, and some may have just the slightest touch of silk used to highlight motifs.


DESIGN:

The design in a carpet is as essential as color. Indian weavers have set free carpets from the limitation of space, weaving intricate and infinite patterns. Many of the patterns are woven combining the geometric and floral with the arabesque. Many of the patterns woven in India are based on naturalistic form, using flowers and vine arabesques. These patterns are reminiscent of the Mughal emperor’s love of nature.


WEAVING:

Hand-knotted carpets are woven on looms. The Loom is where the foundation of the carpet is strung. The foundation consists of a warp strung vertically, and a weft strung horizontally. This warp and weft is ultimately what the weaver ties the knots on.

Weavers in India use the asymmetrical or Persian knot. The Persian knot is tied with a strand of wool around two of the warp strings. Each knot is separated by a loop that is cut after the next weft string is strung. This process of weaving is very widespread as it is fairly fast.


WASH & FINISH:

Washing is done to bring sheen and luster to the carpet. Washing is done with water mixed with soap, bleaching powder and other natural chemicals. After the carpet is washed it is blocked to keep its shape, and kept in the sunlight for drying.

After the carpet is dry it is sent to be clipped. The clipping of the pile is very tedious, and is done in small sections as to keep an even grade.