We are leading restorers and conservers of antique rugs and carpets and weavers of bespoke,  hand-made carpets; principally for historic houses and public buildings.

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Weaving

Following the design, colouring and pattern-making processes, the designs are taken to the workshop in Bulgaria, where the dye laboratory, weaving and finishing workshops are housed. 

Raw wool is bought locally and then spun for carpets, it is dyed in small wood fired pots to produce an ‘arbrash’ similar to the dyes produced in the 19th century - a non-flat colour with degrees of striation, part of the beauty of a hand-made product. We now have more than 600 recipes and can match any existing colour.

Our dye process is designed to have no impact on the local environment, the water in the dye pot is re used over and over again, starting with the palest colours first, working darker and darker until the end of day.  Even then this water is stripped of dye using the last suspended dye to tint the wool. 

When pots need to be drained to be cleaned, the water is drained through simple sand and charcoal filters and the charcoal is then burned to heat the pots. The process has changed little in the last 200 years.