Some companies are conceived on paper. Endless Knot began with wool, silk and skill of exiled Tibetans in Nepal. Through master artisans with a deep knowledge of rug making, we are preserving centuries-old methods, making heirloom hand-knotted Tibetan rugs for today’s interiors.
As with every masterpiece, it takes time. In just a few weeks, our skilled weavers create a rug that can last for centuries.
High in the Himalayas, sheep develop heavy fleeces of naturally resilient wool. Carded and spun, it suffers less breakage than fleece from less-challenging climates. Dyes react in distinctive ways. And on the breathtakingly tall looms, deep and durable rugs are created knot by knot.
The process has remained the same for generations. Each rug receives the attention to detail that any masterpiece deserves. And each of the many artisans that help create it contributes to its own intrinsic character.
Our craftsmen in Kathmandu are among the most adept in the world, producing rugs in weeks rather than months. Yet hand work of this caliber does take time. That’s why you’ll receive updates throughout the production of your order, ensuring your satisfaction and an on-time delivery of your heirloom-quality Tibetan rugs.
Our primarily source of wool is Tibetan herds, raised in the lush green foothills of the Himalayas. Their loosely curled raw wool brings rich natural color and feel to this time-honored fiber. We also utilize other natural materials such as silk and nettle to create highlights and texture in the rugs.
Before the wool can be spun into yarn, it is first carded to detangle and align the clumped fibers, preparing it for spinning.
Unchanged for centuries, craftsmen use the charkha wheel to spin the fibers. This ancient method allows expert hands to fashion fine yarns, whether pure wool, silk or blending the two.
Freshly spun skeins of yarn are pre-soaked prior to dyeing. As in the past, a wood-burning fire underneath the dye vat provides the heat needed to ensure full color consistency and saturation. They are then set out to dry in the sun, enriching the color. Once dry, they are carefully draped over a yarn swift and hand-rolled into manageable balls of yarn for the weavers.
Your design begins to emerge on a vertical loom, unique to Tibetan weaving. The finest weavers craft your rug knot by knot. It’s an intricate process to create not only pattern, but also textures from wool, silk or other natural materials.
After weaving, every rug is washed with a mild solution, helping to remove any residue. Extra care is taken to ensure maintaining the wool’s natural moisture-shedding lanolin. Each rug is then dried and stretched in the sun, securing in its size and shape.
With shears in hand, our expert finishers approach your rug for the ultimate quality check. Any inconsistencies in pile or fringe are corrected. Edges are hand beveled, and any carved designs are introduced. After a thorough final inspection, your rug is prepared for delivery.