Discover the quality of raw materials and sophisticated manufacturing techniques that Nodus uses to create luxury carpets.
Do you want to know about the different production techniques at Nodus? In our blog, we have dedicated one post to how to create a hand-knotted carpet and one to how to construct a carpet using the tafted technique.
Allo is a Himalayan plant that can be made into fibre. For centuries, Nepalese villagers have used it to make beds, ropes, fishing nets, clothes, baskets and… carpets! Carpets made of allo are known for their sturdiness.
Bamboo silk is made from the stems of the bamboo plant. It is increasingly used, also in the creation of luxury carpets, because it is easy to grow and, above all, is a renewable resource. Soft to the touch, it resembles Chinese silk.
Banana fibre is prized for its exceptional strength, flexibility and durability. It is therefore used to create high-quality carpets, but also to make fine table cloths and fine writing paper.
Silk is an animal fibre, obtained from the cocoons of silkworms. It is a material used to produce very fine fabrics and carpets. Silk production began in ancient China, where it was a jealously guarded secret.
Cotton is environmentally friendly, easy to grow and very versatile. Its fibres are soft, strong and retain colours well. These characteristics make it suitable for the creation of carpets, especially those with intricate patterns and details.
Hemp fibres are obtained by subjecting the stems to a series of operations (including steeping, drying and shredding) and a shaking process, which completes the separation from the woody part.
India also has a long tradition of processing natural fibres produced from the cocoons of the mulberry silkworm. Its yarns are used to weave a wide variety of fabrics, including some of the most beautiful Asian carpets.
Linen is one of the oldest textile fibres used to create luxury carpets. In particular, it is prized for its strength, lustre, durability and moisture absorption capacity.
Matka fabric is a type of Indian silk. It is produced from perforated cocoons, i.e. cocoons from which the moth has emerged by making a hole. Thus, the production of Matka does not kill the moths. This is fundamental in Indian culture and religion.
Wool is the most commonly used material in hand-knotted carpets. In particular, New Zealand wool is ideal for creating beautiful luxury carpets, as it is durable and the pile of these rugs resists flattening due to treading.
Pashmina is a very fine yarn that belongs to the same family as cashmere. Carpets made of pashmina are particularly lustrous and soft. Consequently, it is used to create very fine handicrafts.
PET is an increasingly common material in carpet production. Made from recycled plastic, it is by definition sustainable and eco-friendly. Not surprisingly, the world’s top designers often use it for their high-design carpets.
Sunpat is perhaps the most valuable and versatile natural plant fibre. Little known, sunpat is a fibrous plant that only grows at the base of the Himalayas. Used since time immemorial to make ropes, mats and carpets, it is very durable.
Tibetan carpets are traditionally made from sheep’s wool from the Tibetan plateau, called changpel. Tibetan wool is a material of high value and high softness, which can boast a history that is lost in the centuries.
A hand-knotted wool rug is an artefact requiring the highest technical skills and the expertise of an experienced master knitter. The knots are basically of three types: the symmetrical, the asymmetrical and the Tibetan knot.
Wool is the material of choice for hand-knotting carpets. There are specific techniques, linked to the local traditions and habits of the craftsmen, but the choice of 100 knots per square inch is always a guarantee of the highest quality.
This is one of the most common techniques in the Asian tradition for working with this precious raw material. It is ideal for creating beautiful Himalayan wool carpets that combine softness with extreme durability.
Hand-knotting viscose is a technique that has been mastered for centuries in various parts of the Asian continent. Carpets made with 45 knots per square inch are ideal for retaining all the silky sheen and softness of viscose.
Hand-knotting with 100 knots per square inch of banana silk is a technique used by Asia’s best knotters. Carpets created in this way are exquisite and bring out the natural luminosity of this particular plant silk.
The hand-knotting of hemp with 100 knots per square inch results in beautiful handicrafts, which give back all the roughness of the material and are very durable artefacts, suitable for areas of high footfall, for example.
The soumak knotting technique of wool consists of winding the weft over a given number of warp threads before retracting them under the last two threads. The wefts are usually discontinuous, but the result is always a finely woven carpet.
The horizontal loom is a very old production technique, in use in various parts of Asia. Viscose handicrafts made with this technique are high quality pieces, capable of lending uniqueness and elegance to any home.
A variation of the previous technique. Here again, the loom is the protagonist, interweaving one set of threads (warp) with another (weft), to once again produce items that enhance the qualities of the natural fibre.
A very special loom weaving technique for the creation of beautiful viscose handicrafts, which bring out the lustre and softness of this raw material and provide a final effect capable of giving emotion.
This is a very special loom knotting technique. The resulting viscose pile is a combination of cut and loop threads, which is ideal for proposing a unique variety of geometric and abstract designs.
Hand-knotting on a loom can also be proposed for banana silk. This technique succeeds in producing high-quality carpets with a characteristic pile whose softness is truly unmistakable.
A hand tufted carpet is created using a special technique involving the use of a hook or gun. These objects are used to fasten the carpet fibres to a cloth, on which the craftsman has drawn the pattern of the artefact.
Not only wool: viscose also lends itself perfectly to the process of carpet making by hand tafted. The technique makes it possible to create artefacts, even complex ones, more quickly than hand knotting.
While Persian carpets made on a loom have the weft fibres knotted around the warp, dhurrie wool carpets are made without the warp. This makes them very thin, with a compact structure and extremely light and strong.