• FAQ Part 4: The care and feeding of your carpet

    Up until now, we haven’t had a section for FAQs. We certainly DO have frequently asked questions, so we’ve prepared a series of posts which we hope will address some of those. Eventually we’ll compile a standard Q&A format for our FAQ page. This is Part 4 in the series. (See Part 1, Part 2 , and Part 3 .) We’d appreciate it very much if you’d leave a comment if you find the posts helpful, or if you have followup questions. Hand-knotted woolen rugs, which are made using the same technique as fine Persian (“oriental”) carpets, are very durable; their construction and the particular qualities of wool fiber make…

  • FAQ Part 3: How to be confident in your choice of carpet

    This is Part 3 in a series. (See Part 1 and Part 2 here.) We welcome your comments and questions. Hand-knotted carpets, also known as “oriental” carpets due to their origins in Asia, are available in a multitude of designs, colors, and styles. An oriental rug is often the single most expensive home furnishing item that many people buy. Choosing a carpet can be an intimidating process, but it can be made manageable and enjoyable by knowing a bit about carpets, their construction, and their history. Ask all the questions you need to in order to become comfortable with your purchasing decision. Ultimately, the most important question to ask in…

  • The Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion project

    We just received these photos of our Pabst sample on loom. It’s very encouraging to finally see this design take on a three-dimensional life. This sample is being woven of Himalayan wool using the Tibetan cut-loop weaving technique. Making a sample, sometimes referred to as a “hand trial” or “strikeoff”, is often part of the process of creating a custom carpet. This allows us to confirm the color choices and color matching, and provide a more accurate representation of the look and feel of the finished carpet.

  • In honor of St. Patrick's Day – a post about Irish carpets

    Donegal Carpets have been making bespoke (custom) hand-knotted carpets in northwest Ireland for over a century. Through the years Donegal Carpets have graced establishments such as Dublin Castle, the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, Eltham Palace, and the U.S. White House. Donegal Carpets still creates bespoke carpets in the original factory at Killybegs. Since 2005, Donegal Carpets have also been producing hand-knotted carpets in India through its relationship with Guildcraft Carpets; we’ve had an exclusive arrangement with this venerable company for the past four years. (Click here to see all our posts tagged with Donegal.) The Story of Donegal Carpets The company was founded in 1898 when Scottish textile manufacturer Alexander…

  • FAQ Part 2: Why do hand-knotted (oriental) rugs cost so much?

    This is Part 2 in a series. (See Part 1 here.) Please leave a comment if you find the posts helpful or relevant, or if you have followup questions. The short answer is: Quality. An oriental carpet is more akin to a work of art than a commodity, and making a hand-knotted carpet is an extremely labor-intensive process. (All hand-knotted carpets may be generically referred to as “oriental” carpets, regardless of design, because the technique of hand-knotting originated in Asia, and that is where most of them are made.) Once a carpet’s design and specifications are determined, the design is graphed out on paper (known as a “cartoon”) for the…