At Bazaar Velvet, we retain our loyalty to the principles of quality and craftsmanship.

This is why all of our rugs are made using the traditional centuries-old method of hand knotting. This results in a superior product that is robust, long lasting, easily cleaned and mended.

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The weavers of Nepal have access to arguably the best quality wool in the world.

The fleeces of Himalayan sheep are rich in lanolin, an oil which makes them extremely soft and naturally resistant to liquid stains. Once sheared, the wool is sorted and hand carded. This process involves combing the wool between two paddles to clean and organise the fibres.

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The wool is then hand spun on a traditional foot pedal spinning wheel.

This method creates yarn of slightly different thickness, which will add character to the rug during the hand knotting process. It is then dyed in a vat of boiling water, turned by a wheel for up to 7 days. The wool is then spun for a second time to ensure the wool is in the best possible condition for knotting.

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A loom is set up using cotton, wool or silk threads.

A full size coloured graph drawing of the design is hung from the top of the loom. Then a piece of wool is taken and knotted around each warp thread in turn using a metal rod. Once a line has been completed, a weft thread is woven across to hold the knots in place. The looms have on average, four people working on them. Knotting a rug can take 3-9 months depending on its size, knot count and design.

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Once the rug has been dismantled from the loom it is taken for washing.

This removes any dust or excess wool that has become trapped in the pile. Gallons of recycled water is poured onto the rug and the pile is pushed in one direction using large paddles. It is then stretched on a rack to dry. Afterwards the pile is clipped to give the design definition. It may be cut to varying pile heights or even carved. Finally, the fringes of the rug are trimmed, tucked underneath and hand stitched to secure.

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