Over Dyed Rugs
Tradition of over dyed rugs
Over dyed rugs help preserve beautiful traditions and history for the generations to come and promote recycling, as the process utilizes worn-out carpets. Thanks to this fascinating trend, rugs are given a make-over and a new life, saving them from being forgotten or worse - discarded. What makes them so special is not only their beauty but also the whole philosophy they stand for. By giving old carpets a new life, they add a splash of color to our lives, making them a great option for those, looking for customized rugs. What's more, they mix the appeal of antique with originality of modern rugs. In this article we will show you some things that you might find worth knowing about over dyed rugs.
There are only two types of carpets than can be successfully over dyed and those are hand knotted antique and vintage wool rugs. This is caused by the fact that wool is one of the very few fibers than are not harmed by the process of over-dyeing, which involves the use of very harsh chemicals. Both cotton and silk rugs would be irreparably damaged by it and the same would happen to any synthetic materials. Hand tufted rugs, even if made of wool, are also not suitable for this process, as it would injure their pile.
The process of over dyeing follows five steps. First, the rug is bleached in order to remove any dye left on a pile or just to fade it. Next, the new dye is applied and the carpet is subsequently acid-washed. Step three, the rugs are carefully cleaned in order to set the color. After hand-washing it to get the desired hue, the carpet is dried under the sun, setting the new colors permanently on its surface.
Despite what some might think, only vegetable-based dyes are used during the process. While chemical dyes provide wider palette of colors, majority of craftsmen still prefers to use natural dyes, which are better for the environment and create more vibrant and beautiful hues.
Over dyed rugs come in many styles. It is a common practice to sew together pieces of various separate carpets and then over dye them, creating a fascinating patchwork composition. You don't have to worry about their durability - they are usually reinforced, so that they can serve you for years to come.