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Tibetan Rugs Regaining Popularity April 05, 2010

There is a rich history of rug weaving in the mountainous land of Tibet. Yet the tradition came close to being extinguished some fifty years ago, when China occupied Tibet. Many Tibetans fled their homeland into neighboring Nepal and India, and it was many years before they were able to reestablish a rug making industry using techniques passed down through generations.

The unique weave of a Tibetan rug — different from any other rugmaking region — gives the rug a rich, tight and lustrous finish. Tibetan rugs are woven by wrapping a continuous length of yarn over a rod laid across the warps stretched on the loom. When the rod has been wrapped for its entire length, a knife is slid along the rod, cutting the wrapped yarn into two rows of pile tufts.

Traditional Tibetan rugs are made with vegetable-dyed, hand spun wool. This creates rugs that are thick and dense, with heavy, lustrous pile and deep, rich colors.

Not all Tibetan rugs are made for floors. Traditionally, Tibetans used rugs for seating purposes (called khadens), as wall hangings, even as saddles for the rugged mountain ponies that were so essential in their lives.

Gregorian’s has a superb collection of beautiful Tibetan rugs. We invite you to visit our showroom in Newton Lower Falls to discover the wonders of this extraordinary country for yourself. Call us at (617) 244-2553 if you have any questions.