How a Warli rug is made

‘Design weavers’ is the creative path of a Warli rug. It is a long and laborious process that starts in Milan with the product design, where textures, colours and yarns are combined, and it continues in the countries where we produce: India and Nepal. Almost every processing phase is manually made in small villages, called “cottage industries”.

The process begins with choosing the best yarns: wools, bamboo silk, tencel, linen and recycled pet; next they are washed, bleached, carded and spun. At the end of all these processes, the fibres are dyed by master dyers and then spread in the sun to dry.

Weaving and knotting are carried out on hand looms and often, because of the size of carpets, they require the work of more people at once. This is the most delicate phase of the processing, so precision, ability and mastery is mandatory. It is also the longest stage, to the point where a 4 sqm hand knotted rug is made in many months.

Once the weaving process is done, every detail of the rugs is controlled. Then they get washed in order to enhance the colours and fibres’ brightness. As the last phase, the carpets are shaved, this process ensures uniformity to the surface and a correct definition of the design and pattern.

Warli produces indoor and outdoor carpets, different in production techniques and raw materials. Research, experience and deep know-how are the elements used to combine pattern, drawings, tactile effects, materiality and production technique for the different uses.

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