west elm resist dye rug

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!

hand blocked rugs jaipur

First the white cotton fabric is hand-printed with mud.

hand blocked rugs jaipur

hand blocked rugs jaipur

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.

indigo resist dye rug technique

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.

indigo resist dye rug technique

resist dye rug technique

Because the rugs’ handcrafted quality, each one has its own special set of unique characteristics and details.

west elm resist dye rugs

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