At Rug and Relic, we are proud to offer an extensive collection of environmentally-friendly rugs and kilims. It goes without saying that hand-knotted rugs do not require machinery for their manufacture. But it takes a lot more than hand-production to be considered a “green” textile.
The base material for every rug we sell is 100% wool. We do not sell rugs containing synthetic fibers of any kind, and so can guarantee that no petroleum-based products whatsoever are present in our carpets. Not only does this mean we sell environmentally- friendly textiles, it also means that you can rest assured that your carpet will never take on that “rubbery” odor so often complained of when wools are spun with rayon to give them an artificial luster.
We also carry an extensive collection of “natural” or “vegetal dye” carpets; quite a rarity in today’s “machine-spun, chemical dye world. How rare? No matter what many people claim, less than 15% of the handmade rugs produced in the world today are made with natural or vegetal wools.
The terms “natural” and “vegetal” refer to ways of obtaining color in the wools used to create a carpet. The term “natural” means that the wools have been sorted according to their naturally-occurring colors (varying shades of brown, grey, and off-white), and are not color-treated in any way prior to use. The term “vegetal” means that various naturally-occuring substances have been used to create colored wools. Typical vegetal dyes would include indigo (blue), madder root or cochineal (red), saffron (yellows), or tobacco (browns), along with myriad other plant-based colorants. All rugs in our Natural Modern Kilim, Atilla Kilim, Samsun, Zara, and Zile collections are comprised entirely of natural and/or vegetal dyed, hand-spun wools.