August 2021

BEHIND THE DESIGN: The Stockholm Rug

At Garnet Hill, we believe that quality should be evident in every detail — and our rugs are no exception to this core value. Each one is a work of art, a textile to be treasured for years to come.

Crafted in soothing hues with botanical high-low patterning, the Stockholm Rug exemplifies the care and craftsmanship that go into each and every rug design here. This is the story of how it’s made, and the skilled artisans that make it in India.

Crafted by master artisans using centuries-old techniques, hand-knotted rugs have virtually unlimited design and color variations. The finest of these rugs can have as many as 400 knots per square inch, making them so durable, they last for generations.

One of the first steps is choosing the right fibers and yarns. For the Stockholm Rug, heathered wool was selected because it’s soft underfoot and its mottled look adds depth and dimension to the tonal design. 

These rugs are made on a vertical frame called a hand-knotting loom. Columns of cotton threads, known as the warp, are stretched across the length of the loom. These warp threads form a durable structural foundation upon which the rug is crafted.

For the actual knotting process, the weavers consult a graph-paper guide that maps out each and every square. Every mark represents a single knot, which is coded with a specific yarn color. The guide is carefully planned and created by a master designer back in a studio. Below, you can see the paper guide behind the loom.

The weaver ties individual knots, in the color order specified by the guide, to the warp threads across the entire width of the loom. Additional rows of knots are added, and the pattern begins to take shape.

Every few rows of knots, the weaver inserts a weft thread. This flat-woven thread holds the knots below it in place. The process continues until the entire rug is finished.

Depending on the type of knot, the intricacy of the pattern, and the number of knots required per square inch, the weaving process can take up to a year to complete. Each Stockholm Rug takes two weavers a couple of months to complete.

Once finished, the rug is sheared to add softness and high-low texture, and to produce uniformity throughout the design.

The rug is then washed by hand to give it a unique finish with a subtle luster.

The final product is an intricate yet nuanced design rich in texture and character. It works in many rooms and decors — and it’s crafted by hand just for you.

For additional artful rug styles, explore our latest home collection and selection of artisan-crafted rugs.

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