This small carpet is made from hand-spun yak wool and sheep wool yarn. It is woven in the traditional Changthang style, on a portable backstrap loom characteristic for the nomadic communities. It is dyed with local willow tree skin, madder and marigold. The background is dark brown yak wool. The carpet shows a small Ladakhi garden with different flower and vegetable beds. It is a unique piece. This type of carpet is called "Tsug Den" and traditionally used as a mattress to sleep and to sit on. This is a smaller variety, like a mat. It is great to use as a bedside rug, for smaller rooms, as a wall hanging or a meditation carpet. The weft is looped around a metal stick and then cut with a blade. It has a soft, yet solid feeling of a carpet, just like a mattress. It is spun and woven by our team of settled nomads close to the city of Leh.
Additional information about the weaving and the tradition here.
100% yak and sheep wool from Ladakh
Size: 40cm x 60 cm
Weight: 0,5 kg
naturally dyed with willow skins, madder and marigold
weft: 100% yak and sheep wool, warp: 100% sheep wool
farming: 1 year
spinning: 3 days by one spinner
weaving: 1 day by one weaver
Please note: This carpet is entirely made by hand. Irregularities in thickness of yarn are characteristic to the craft of handspinning. The weaving has been done in the traditional way which also includes irregularities. Sometimes, the width in panels varies slightly.