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Carpets may be woven with wool, silk, cotton or synthetic yarn pile. Our carpets are woven with New Zealand wool. Raw wool is supplied in bales and must be carded to align the fibers. This is usually done by machine. Once carded, the wool is ready to be spun into yarn. Two methods are commonly used: machine spun and hand spun. Machine spinning provides yarn of uniform diameter which produces a smooth, even-colored finish. Hand spinning yields yarn with varying diameter, which produces a soft, variegated surface look. We use both methods in our rugs to achieve different effects present in original Arts & Crafts carpets.
Wool in bulk
Carding the Wool
Spinning the Wool