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The use of sari silk in our Govind rug means each one is truly unique

17.05.17
Wendy Morrison Govind rug - The Curated Collection.
Wendy Morrison Govind rug – The Curated Collection.

Govind was the second rug hand selected by Wendy to join our Curated Collection.  This beautiful rug is made up of a repeat pattern of hand knotted sari silks in hues of pinks, purples & blues.

Wendy Morrison Govind rug - close up
Wendy Morrison Govind rug – close up
Govind - close up
Govind – close up

No two Govind rugs are the same.  Here’s why…

The silk used in Govind is the leftover threads from the making of saris. This ‘waste’ silk is collected and then sorted into colours and recycled into a slightly thicker yarn so it can be used in the making of carpets and rugs. The sari silk is collected from over 200 different locations so the colour cannot be controlled which means you can’t get a uniform tone or shade.  Colours are made up of various shades and tones – often there’s up to 50 shades of one colour mixed together.  This gives the design good variation and depth which adds a richness and interest. In fact it is used in this raw state rather than re-dyed to get this unique variation so that every rug is unique in its own way.

The result is that you may have a Govind that is slightly pinker than another or a deeper purple than another.  Maybe it will have more bluish tones to the purple.  Like this one here…

Govind with more blue than pink silk
Govind – with more blue than pink in the sari mix

And because the variation in each colour means that there are many shades of pink, of blue and of purple your Govind rug will work and sit with your scheme if this colour palette is what you are after.

Another beautiful thing about this rug is how the patten is raised from the base. This occurs through a process of oxidisation – fascinating yes? Here’s how the rug is made, from start to finish…

Govind has a cotton base and is made using good quality Indian wool & Sari silk. This raw material and the design is given to skilled artisans who weave the threads into the design using Persian knots.

Govind rug on the loom
Govind rug on the loom

This raw rug then goes for washing where it undergoes various operations to give it a finalised look.

Govind washing stage one
Govind washing stage one

Each rug is washed twice. The first wash is the regular wash to clean it completely and the second wash is where a process called oxidisation takes place.  This second wash is a heavy wash that wool can not withstand and so it is washed out – leaving the beautiful silk and cotton design in place.

Govind - washing stage two
Govind – washing stage two
Govind - wash complete - drying now.
Govind – wash complete. Now to dry and to tidy up the fringe. 
Govind complete and with all its hues of pinks, purples and blues.
Govind complete and with all its hues of pinks, purples and blues.
Govind complete and with all its hues of pinks, purples and blues.

 

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