Indigo has been around for many, many years. It has become established as a colour reference itself separate from weather it has been created with the actual dye.
Blue, one of the most commonly favourited colours in the world. It evokes a calming presence, and don’t we all enjoy feeling calm? What is it about blue that associates us with the feeling of being calm, could it be that is plays such a large presence as a colour in nature, being the colour of the sky and bodies of water. Especially when it comes to our homes, blue is a popular choice for bathrooms and bedrooms, the places where tranquility often matters most.
Summer 2017, we will see indigo in a big way in fashion, but also in home decor. We will notice the increase of not only the textile patterns traditionally produced with Indigo, with the ancient Japanese resit dye techniques of Shibori. But also the solid colour of Indigo itself, sometimes referred to as raw indigo. This is the what is used to create denim, we will see an increase in denim wear throughout the fashion trends.
But what is Indigo dye made of? Natural indigo is a plant based dye, one of the original plant sources for indigo is a plant called Indigofera tinctoria. To create the dye, plants are harvested and pressed in baths of water until the colour is extracted and the water has fermented. The plants are removed from the bath and the next step can vary depending on the dyers recipe.
As we continue into the year with a focus on natural materials and sustainability, it seems only right that indigo would appear in colour trends for 2017.
May 1, 2017
1. Switch it up
It is a good idea to rotate your carpet. Over time the amount of sunlight that a carpet is exposed to can cause certain areas to fade. Furniture placement on the carpet can block the sunlight and in turn cause uneven discolouration. The sun is powerful and no matter how strong the dyes in your carpet are, they are likely to fade from sun exposure over time. Carpet rotation allows for a more even distribution of sunlight. Another plus for rotating your carpet is that any reaction from foot traffic is spread out.
2. Vacuum top and bottom
This one might not be such a surprise. Hopefully you haven’t gone all winter without vacuuming your carpets! Carpets should be vacuumed about twice a month. It is a good idea to vacuum the top and bottom of your carpet, especially if it is made of wool, as dust can be caught in air pockets.
3.Give it some fresh air
Although you might frequently vacuum your carpets (we certainly hope you do!) It is also a good idea to remove your carpet from your space and clean the floor underneath. It may seem strenuous but it is worth it to keep your carpet in good condition and even help to maintain the flooring underneath. Dust can get caught underneath the carpet and if there is any sort of moisture, this would allow for it to dry. If you’re able to, hang your carpet outside for the afternoon to air it out.
If you have any tips or suggestions of your own - we would love to hear them!
April 1st, 2017
February 1st, 2017
As many others, we were excited with the announcement of Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017, Greenery. Symbolizing new beginnings and encouraging environmental awareness.
Greenery symbolizes to us something refreshing, natural and inviting. This colour can be considered to be bold but due to it’s active role in nature, we feel it holds a peaceful sentiment.
A side from the obvious positive benefits for the environment by being environmentally conscious, our communities and customers reap in the benefits of being surrounded by a high quality truly handcrafted rug.
We are looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for us. We hope that after a new Pantone colour is chosen for 2018, the positivity greenery resembles to us will continue to be relevant.
December 1st, 2016
Raw Silk Spinning
Eliminating any machine processing methods, results in the silk fibres maintaining a high level of sericin. Sericin is the outer protein layer found on silk fibres which gives it strength, durability, softness, and flexibility.
Zee Silk after being washed
Zee Silk is hand washed in a bath of tropical fruits that are local to the area and placed in the sunshine to dry. We do not sure any detergents or drying machines, as these can be harmful to the fibre, causing it to weaken. Avoiding the use of detergents allows for the silk to maintain it’s natural properties and supports a healthy environment for our weavers. This also ensures that no pollutants are released into the soil or waterways of the farming community where the rugs are produced.
Working together, early 1970s
Spinning wool, early 1970s
Busy hands carefully hand knotting, early 1970s
Natural light at the weaving studio in Thailand, 2015
One of the many talented weavers in Thailand, 2015
Working together to roll up a finished rug, 2015