Making Tibetan Rugs is an ancient, traditional craft. These rugs are traditionally made from the wool of sheep, also known as changpel.
The knotting method required to craft a Tibetan Rug is different from other rug designs around the world. While some aspects of rug-making have been complemented by machines (such as yarn-spinning and trimming), Tibetan Rug-Makers in India and Nepal thrive on the craft. In fact, one of the largest industries in Nepal is the rug business.
Tibetan Rug Weaving began its most recent revival in the 1970s. Now, these gorgeous accents can be found all over the globe.
THE WESTERN PROCESS-
Tibetan Rug Crafting in America begins with aged wool. The aging process creates a silkier appearance and feel. Next, the wool is spun and dyed. Then, the wool is woven on a vertical loom and trimmed to create even edges. Finally, the rugs are dried outdoors, trimmed, cleaned, and packed away for delivery.
In America, Tibetan Rugs are used to create decorative tapestries, horse saddles, sitting rugs, and more. Certain rugs in Brooklyn offer rich hues of red, gold, and green. Others exhibit elaborate patterns. Still others carry more subtle designs
Many western collectors of Tibetan Rugs are interested in Tiger Rugs – a subset of Tibetan Rug Design that includes “realistic” renderings of tiger pelts. You can also find Tibetan Rugs with leopard spots.