At InnerAsia, each step in the creation of a rug is crafted by hand using the best in materials and the artistry of skilled craftsmen.

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InnerAsia uses the finest quality, Tibetan Highland Sheep wool prized for its long fibers, outstanding tensile strength, beautiful luster and natural resiliency.




The finest raw wool is sorted, separated and washed with the all white fibers reserved for the dye process that will create the vibrant colors that Tibetan rugs are renowned for.

 

Hand carding removes the brittle short fibers in the raw wool and prepares the wool for spinning. 

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The carded wool is hand spun to create a strong yarn with perfect "drim" or twist tension that is necessary for the uniform absorption of color in the dye process.



InnerAsia uses only the best in Swiss dyes and our rugs are known for their excellent color fastness, vibrancy and consistency. We dye our yarn in small batches using the same copper cauldrons of earlier times to achieve the wide range and nuance of color InnerAsia rugs are admired for.

 

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Preparing the loom with balanced tension between warp and weft, position and location of the yarn balls, and location and skill of the weavers are all part of many variables that affect the quality of weaving. InnerAsia weavers apprentice and train on traditional vertical looms practicing the weaving skills of generations before them.

When weaving is complete, each rug will be hand finished with large iron shears and other tools to trim sculpt and "finish" the completed rug.

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As a final step the completed rug is hand washed and laid to air dry in the courtyards of InnerAsia's weaving centers in Lhasa and Kathmandu.