"Himalayan Undyed" is a project of rugs handmade in Nepal, using only himalayan wool, not dyed and knotted on a cotton warp.
Behind it, the will to project a really natural collection and easy to place, thanks to the delicate tonal color shades of the wool, which are the heart of the design.
The wool – not dyed but selected by color – come from high altitude himalayan sheeps, the best kind of wool for rugs, a yarn with natural movement and long fiber structure which guarantee high resistance and softness. In planning the decorative patterns we respected the specificity of tibetan rug weaving: big knots and simple processing technique, playing with patterns, lights and shadows, which remind natural elements.

Eco-sustainable project
Himalayan Undyed helps to keep an ecologic management and a hand knotting tradition alive and provides the chance to appreciate the beauty of real natural wool.
Actually most of the products in wool aren’t “natural” anymore, being treated with several processes (alcaline washing to remove grease and dust, acid washing to remove vegetal remains, anti-felt for machine washing, bleching, dying, moth repellent treatment and flasme retardant treatment).
The yarns used for Himalayan Undyed are unbleached and undyed, coming from Tibetan highland sheep whose natural colour hues range from creamy white to browns to almost black. Reared by Nomads and only surviving at the high altitudes of the Tibet and Nepal Plateau, reaching 5100 meters above sea level, this breed produces a distincive thick fleece that has a long staple, high tensile strength and is highly rich in lanoline and natural wool wax. Rugs made from the characteristically hard-wearing and vibrant Tibetan wool mature beautifully over time.
Tibetan sheep are kept freely and graze in vast highlands on bush like sedge; nomads move from place to place, never exceeding the natural carrying capacity of the land on which they raise their flocks. Flocks are never sprayed nor dipped, as is commonly practiced in conventional wool production systems. No synthetic hormones, synthetic pesticides and genetic engineering are involved in the process to produce Himalayan Undyed wools and rugs.
Nothing is added to Nodus Himalayan Undyed wool. Being rich in lanoline, it is naturally very soft so it does not need conditioners. There are not flame retardants, as wool is naturally self-extinguishing.
Himalayan Undyed wool is hand-processed without using chemicals, environmental pollutants and substances that pose a health or safety hazard for workers or consumers.
After being collected from Nomads, the wool is sorted by hand to pick out foreign materials and other form of dirt - while conventional wool is "carbonized" where vegetable matter is burned out in an acid bath - then it is washed by hot water to remove excess wax, still leaving enough lanoline to create a soft product that retains more of the wool's natural characteristics.
In the same time wool is classified by natural colours, then carded and spun by hand with traditional carding tools and spinning wheels (the spinning wheels sometime needs oil when the wheel becomes harder, soybean oil is used).
Different thicknesses of yarns can be spun for weaving rugs: skilled craftsmen hand-knot the woollen yarn into a warp made of Indian cotton fixed on a loom, with the help of an iron rod. When the entire carpet is finally weaved, it is scissor-clipped to give it a lively look and soft touch, then manually washed with water and liquid soap, based on Sapindus (a plant used for the production of natural soaps), and stretched onto a frame after drying to regain its specific dimensions. The carpet trimming and look are checked and a carved pattern may be carved; possible remaining dirt are plucked.
The yarn waste of the weaving, trimming and carving processes is collected for the recycle people who come weekly and use it for blakets, cushions and dunlops.
Moreover, the project has been developed afar from the manufactories, using e-mail for communication and avoiding polluting intercontinental travels.