Seattle architect Nils Finne has shared with us his experience of getting a custom designed handcrafted rug made in a remote area of Nepal.
The rug is meant to evoke a field of grass, and we generated drawings and made sample color strike-offs here in Seattle. Then, Dorjé Contemporary, a custom rug company based in Seattle, transmitted all the information to their weavers in Nepal. The wool is fantastic, thick raw Nepalese wool, with a large amount of natural lanolin.
The image below shows the rug being washed at the end of its production.
More info from Nils Finne:
The production process started with our initial drawing for the rug, then I selected wool colors and marked each color on the drawing. We waited two months for a 24” square strike-off from Nepal. At that point, I went back and chose new wool colors because the initial choices were too flat. So, I made each base color actually a combination of several colors of wool. Then, we waited another two months for a second strike-off. The new strike-off was fantastic and we proceeded with the final rug production, another four months! Finally, the rug arrived in Seattle, about eight months after we started the whole process.