SILK ROUTES:
A LOOK AT THE PROCESS

Silk Rugs represent a new forward-thinking approach to design. Handwoven by indigenous weavers in India using the finest recycled sari silk, each unique design takes six to nine months to produce. Each one-of-a-kind carpet is individually handcrafted by artisans in India using handspun recycled sari silk, then overdyed with translucent layers of color, brilliant traces of pattern emerge through the iridescent silk surface to compose mesmerizing compositions.

DYES

When dyed, silk fibers are saturated with rich colors, and have a distinctive, almost translucent luster. Silk is extremely high in tensile strength, exceeding that of nylon.

WEAVING QUALITY

Silk rugs are the most intricate, and often most valuable, of all hand-knotted rugs. The fine yet strong silk fibers used in these rugs allow more knots per square inch to be tied giving a clearer pattern with more detail and increased likeness to real-life.

FIBER QUALITY

The materials used in the making of textile yarns or threads that can vary in size, shape, texture and color, and are typically categorized as natural or synthetic.

WEAVING TECHNIQUE

A typical high quality Persian or Oriental rug made in wool might have between 140 and 300 knots per square inch. A high quality silk could range between 450 and 900 KPSI - that is 2-3 times the number of knots than its wool counterpart.

REASONS TO MAKE SURE YOUR FEET ARE WIPED:

NO.1
Silk is a natural fiber and the strongest natural material in the world. Made from silk cocoons, the silk filament is the fiber from the middle of the cocoon, and is usually more than 1000 meters long, and is in uncoiled condition prior to the manufacturing process.

NO.2
Artisans go through the process step-by-step, from the colorist’s painstakingly detailed work to the dyeing and rinsing procedure. Not only do the rugs pay tribute to the history of Jaipur as a center for hand-crafted textiles, but the silk yarn itself—made from recycled Saris—holds its own memories.

NO.3
Not only are the materials used in making the rugs costly, but the nature of a 100% silk rug means that more often than not the design is particularly intricate. Weaving the rug will require 2-3 times the amount of work as a wool rug; meaning at least 2-3 times the price.

NO.4
Silk rugs are beautiful pieces of art, but do not need to be confined to the wall, in low use areas, they can be surprisingly hard wearing, stain resistant and impenetrable to smells. The silk can be stretched approximately 15% without tearing. It can also take up to 30% of its net weight in humidity without feeling wet.