ABOUT US

Although we’re a newly established company, Rug Exports’ actual history dates back almost forty years ago when our father set up a small carpet shop to attract the many tourists visiting Nepal back then. Go back further in time and it is clear how many Tibetans like our father Ngawang, possessed this carpet weaving method that was passed on from generations to generations from Tibet.

Like so many other fellow Tibetans, our parent’s families found refuge in a tiny settlement in Jawalakhel, Nepal back in the late 1950’s. Many organizations and governments sought to help us during the time but it was the Swiss Government that cleverly incorporated the ancient method of Tibetan carpet weaving and turned it into a revenue generating economy for the countless Tibetan refugees now living in Nepal. This helped sustain the Tibetan refugees by providing a livelihood to support themselves. Seeing this as an opportunity, Ngawang set up a small shop in Jawalakhel which would eventually turn into our parent company Inter Lama Carpet, also known as Eastern Lama Carpet. As he dealt with the shop and its many tourists, Ngawang bumped into a German wholesale dealer and very soon found himself immersed in countless orders from Germany and the rest of Europe. Business grew and expanded and soon enough, Inter Lama Carpet was one of the top leading exporters of Nepal.

Rug Exports is the product of this history and journey and it now aims to step into the modern era of the carpet world. We strive to create area rugs made from the finest Himalayan wool that are highly durable. Undergoing a process that is centuries old and passed on from generations makes each of our rugs unique and helps to preserve an ancient livelihood. Every process is done by hand to our client’s exact specifications. We specialize in creating exquisite handcrafted Tibetan rugs ranging from traditional and classical designs to modern and contemporary. Our aim is to establish a platform where we can readily provide our clients with a piece of décor that will accent any home, workspace, etc. Our goal is to garner an overall customer satisfaction by working to fulfill and provide our clients with quality rugs for years to come.

CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)

Care & Fare

Social responsibility holds high value for Rug Exports. We are an executive member of CARE & FAIR, which is why we sell rugs that have only been certified by the CARE & FAIR organization. Our parent company, Inter Lama Carpet Industries is directly involved with the health services that are provided to the local community who are often ignored and marginalized. Founded in 1994, the CARE & FAIR organization is comprised of carpet importers committed to fighting against child labor in all of the countries that manufacture carpets and rugs. They also aim to improve the working and living standards for carpet weavers in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Members strive to create better living conditions and offer training possibilities to the carpet weavers and their children in the carpet industries of the countries of origin. Members also focus on this issue to provide an example within industry and trade of the fact that taking on social responsibility serves everybody’s well-being.

CARE & FAIR is against illegal child labor, especially where it is forced and takes place in substandard conditions. They seek to provide education and an environment that nurtures self-determination, so that children aren’t exploited and can make the choice to work or not. Rug Exports wishes to emphasize on these matters when creating a rug so that the process of attaining a hand-knotted Tibetan rug stays beautiful inside and out. www.care-fair.org

OUR PROCESS

WOOL PROCESS

The beauty of a Tibetan rug is that everything is processed by hand, which means the initial gathering of the raw material onwards to the actual weaving of a rug is all done by hand.

Our raw material to begin with is the wool, which is imported from Tibet and they consists naturally of strong good fiber, good luster and a high resilient value. Wool is gathered from the sheep that graze in the high Himalayan mountains and so they tend to be very durable and naturally rich in lanolin which is excellent for a rug’s longevity. The wools are trekked from Tibet to our facilities to follow up with the next process called carding

CARDING PROCESS

Carding is the process of combing and cleaning of the wool manually by a wooden pad with comb-like features. It allows the fiber stand to flow smoothly when spinning and also removes any foreign and dirt particles. Once the wool has been carded smooth, it is ready to be placed to the spinning wheel.

SPINNING PROCESS

The carded wool is then spun into yarn by hand using charka or in other words a spinning wheel. The wool is spun and drawn into its desired thickness depending on the quality of a rug. The newly spun wool is now ready to be dyed into its desired color.

DYEING PROCESS

The wool is dyed traditionally in a large pot, which ensures excellent color absorption. Our carpets are dyed using the most appropriate type of dye, which consists mainly of synthetic and natural dyes. Each dye has their own very unique attributes to a rug’s finished look. Once a rug has been dyed and dried out in the sun, they are gathered into their group colors and are now ready for weaving.

WEAVING PROCESS

Carpet knotting is an art by itself. The actual process of making a rug begins with the actual weaving. Our weavers are well trained and skilled in their art and have a very high versatility in knotting.

All our rugs are hand woven in Tibetan tradition by using a simply vertical wood loom. They are knotted according to their desired knot counts which means the more knots there are, the denser the rug quality becomes.

WASHING PROCESS

After a rug has been woven, it is ready to be sent for washing to remove any dirt that may have sustained during the weaving process. The rug is then trimmed and inspected for any textural irregularities. Designs and patterns are curved out by scissors using the hand.

The rug is given a final touch by re-trimming and stretching where necessary after it has been washed. Finally, the rug is ready to be shipped to its destination.