All of my rugs are made with the concept of combining modern design with traditional methods. Each piece is carried out entirely by hand, without the use of chemicals, treatments, or synthetics of any kind. Production of all carpets takes place in Turkey. The primary materials used are sheep's wool and vegetale (composed of vegetation) dyes native to the region. Wool is sheared twice a year in a humane manner, on sheep that are used for their wool, not for slaughter. After being hand-spun, the wool is then dyed in small batches of about 40 kilos, by hand. Sun dried wool is prepared for the weavers. They then weave and knot each piece by hand. After, finished pieces are washed and stretched. This is to ensure that all excess dyes are removed, and that the carpets are pre-shrunk. They require no special care, as they can be completely saturated with water without any damage. I work with about 100 weavers. For my standard sizes, the women weave on looms located in their homes. Larger sizes are made on bigger looms within the village. The weaving process alone takes 2-3 months and our capacity is limited to about 160 pieces a year. The methods employed date back many centuries.
This weaver demonstrates grace and speed. She slows down near the end to show us how the knot is tied and cut.
Designs are produced via the weavers studying the instructions and replicating the pattern knot by knot.
My collection consists of pile weave @ 60 knots/square inchas well as flat weave (kilim). All pieces are made to order and the minimum lead-time is 3 months. Existing designs can be modified in shape, color, and detail.Part of the charm of my carpets is that each is unique. Subtle variation in dye lot and weaving/knotting styles of the different weavers means that no two will ever be the same. my production is limited so that each piece is given the attention and time it requires. Three central ideas most important to me and to my company are original design, social responsibility (sustainability/labor standards), and adhering to the highest quality standards. Hundreds of years of tradition come together to merge these ideals as one.