Peruvian Alpaca Rugs
Cousins to camels, llamas and vicunas, alpacas produce one of the most luxurious natural fibers in the world. The alpaca fiber has long been treasured by Peruvians as the fiber of kings and dates back to centuries-old works of art.
- Alpaca fibers are naturally stronger than wool; and are less likely to break because of the structure of the fiber.
- Alpaca is more impermeable to water than wool.
- Natural oils repel dirt and dust, giving it a luxurious softness and sheen.
- Alpaca is hypo-allergenic (because it is free from lanolin).
- 100% Alpaca rugs do shed for a few months, which is part of the process of a natural fiber. Blending in wool reduces shedding.
The Tibetan Rugs are hand-knotted using Himalayan wool, which is imported from the highlands of Tibet. It is the highest quality wool available, shorn from sheep that graze at elevations over 17,000 feet. The wool is very high in lanolin and has an extraordinarily long fiber. Both of these elements contribute to its celebrated resiliency and durability. Himalayan wool is 100% natural. All silk used in the Tibetan Collection is imported from China and India. It has a uniquely high sheen and a very luxuriant finish. The cactus, nettle, and hemp fibers are all natural and processed entirely by hand in the villages of Nepal. These fibers are sustainable and non-toxic to the natural eco-systems of Nepal.
All fibers used in the Brazilian Line are products of Brazil. The materials used in the rugs are grown, harvested, and woven by local farmers and artisans. Their production does not adversely affect BrazilŐs natural eco-system.
Care for Rugs
Rugs should be vacuumed weekly, preferably using a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar. For spills, rugs can be dabbed lightly with water and ordinary shampoo. Send them out annually to an expert rug cleaner. Do not scotch guard or use chemical solvents.
Care for Throws and Pillows
Although dry cleaning is preferred, throws may be hand washed in cold water with ordinary shampoo. They may be steamed, but not directly ironed. Pillows may be dry cleaned or lightly spotted with water and shampoo.