Our new Indigo Dhurrie Rugs are handcrafted using a centuries-old technique known as resist-dying. It’s amazing to see how tactile these traditional processes are.
Makers in Jaipur, India, use a combination of mud, indigo dyes, and hand-blocking to create vibrant colors and one-of-a-kind patterns. Take an inside look at this ancient process!
First the white cotton fabric is hand-printed with mud.
Sand is spread over the mud-printed dhurrie.
Next the rugs are dipped into vats of indigo, where they soak for at least 24-hours.
No machines are used, even in the drying process! After the dhurrie rug fabric is removed from the indigo vats, it is laid-out to bake under the sun for 2 days.
We never know exactly what a rug will look like until it is finished drying, and is washed for the first time. The mud-printed sections of the fabric remain white, while the rest of the dhurrie takes on a rich inky blue hue.
Because the rugs’ handcrafted quality, each one has its own special set of unique characteristics and details.