The Rouse Phillips rug collection is designed in Sydney and woven in Nepal by a family run company that we have been working with closely for the past five years. With so many rug designs in the market, the small collection that Rouse Phillips currently produces is highly original and strives to use ancient rug making techniques to their highest advantage. This means working closely with a family run business that has been weaving rugs for decades, using the highest quality yarns and dyes as well as giving back to a highly skilled artisan community by supporting and creating a greater demand for their skills. Lastly, we aim to create a piece of art that is also practical.
It is an ancient and fascinating process that produces a hand knotted rug.
To begin, the virgin Tibetan or New Zealand wool is sorted, washed and sun dried for three days. The wool is then carded by placing a handful of wool between two metal brushes and combed. To maintain ancient practice, the wool is spun on a wooden wheel producing a coarse or fine yarn depending on our specifications. The Dyeing takes place in huge copper vessels using both natural and synthetic dyes. Weaving requires creativity and these artisans translate our designs with an incredible amount of skill. Once the rug is completed it is cut from the loom and trimmed with large scissors called 'Khap-So' to make the pile surface even. Washing then takes place which makes the rugs soft and enhances colour. After washing, the carpet is sun dried for around five days. After it is re-stretched, it is finally checked, packed and sent to you.
Please look thorough our weave section to see the detail of our rug's weaves, colours and techniques.