The tradition of Nepal rug craftsmanship started when Tibetans fled their county and many settled to rugmaking in several countries, but primarily Nepal. A unique style was developed based on the use of the lanolin-rich wool of Himalayan sheep, available dyes, and a unique knotting technique that makes for a denser rug.

Designs and Motifs

Typically, Nepal rugs are brightly colored and may include floral patterns, geometrics, animals, birds, and some Buddhist symbols. Some styles that are popular in the U.S., have more muted colors. Either way, Nepal rugs have a plush, soft hand feel.  Unlike other Oriental rugs, Nepal rugs typically do not have a border and designs are simpler, contemporary or modern.

Choosing a Nepal Rug

Tibetan rugs are totally different that all other regions in the world. They are designed around themes of foliage, religion, and spirituality. Some are influenced by Chinese and Mongolian history, especially the ideas and feelings of their monks. The Nepal weavers have their own weaving and knotting techniques, and the Himalayan wool is a soft, strong wool.

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