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The first step in the production of Oriental rugs is spinning of the wool.

The wool used in these rugs are mostly from local Pakistani wool but sometimes a blend is used. Our artisan group aims to support local sheep herders so the ancient form of retaining wool continues. Some of the wool is machine-spun, others is hand-spun, either using a drop-spindle or a spinning wheel.

One method of spinning wool—the spinning wheel
One method of spinning wool—the spinning wheel

We also use a very high grade of different-ply worsted wool that is specially blended just for our artisan group. Most of the wool is from a breed of sheep known as the dhumba sheep. This sheep has an extra fat pack on its tail adding extra oil and lanolin to the wool and hence adding quality to the wool.

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