Some of the first floor coverings in history can be traced back to ancient Egypt in 3000 BC. To color textiles, artists used a plant indigenous to Egypt, dyer’s woad, that yielded a potent blue dye. Blue has special meaning in the culture, representing fertility, birth and rebirth. White linen clothing was the uniform of ancient Egypt. Hence the color white became so closely associated with daily life, that it was frequently used in art to symbolize the transcendent nature of life. We imagined this would have been a royal rug commissioned by a stylish Egyptian Queen.
Dyed by hand
100% natural dyes
Weavers in Bhadohi
Pile is 100% New Zealand wool (Grade A). Hand knotted on cotton base threads.
MATERIALS & CARE100% hand-dyed and hand-knotted New Zealand wool rug. Eco-friendly professional rug cleaning only, ensure perc (perchloroethylene) solvent is not used.
SHIPPING & RETURNS
Orders are typically dispatched in 5-7 days.Shipping is directly from Bhadohi and rate is calculated at checkout based on weight. For returns and exchanges, please see "Returns Policy" for details.
The art of making hand-knotted carpets, for warmth and decoration, is at least 2,400 years old. Each MADE x HANDS carpet is a carefully crafted work of art. First, silk and wool fibers are cleaned and spun into yarn. Then our natural dye expert submerges the yarns in potent pots of natural pigments. Once the colored yarn is dry, it's transferred to the loom, a wooden frame strung with strands of cotton. These vertical threads of cotton form the warp, which provides the structure for the thousands of silk and wool knots that will be tied one-by-one in a single day. For our larger rugs, just the knotting can take four months or more. A particular patience, and focused fingers, transform yarn into a rug's lush pile your feet will fall in love with.
Natural dyeing is an art. A timeless testament to human harmony with nature. Knowledge of the exact ingredients to create color, and the best mordants and methods to ensure color fastness only comes from intimate experience. MADE x HANDS only produces handmade products that are naturally dyed with colors derived from plants, vegetables, fungi and minerals. Natural dyes ensure our pieces are biodegradable, non-toxic and non-allergenic. Natural dyes are infinitely better for the environment, coming from 100% natural and renewable sources. Unlike synthetic dyes, which taint textiles with carcinogens harmful to us and the environment. Aesthetically, natural dyes create subtle variations in color that can never be copied by chemicals. Our natural dyes are much harder to make and meaningfully more expensive to use. Worth it.