“Whoever has the best wool makes the best rugs.” The ancient Persian proverb conveys our core belief in, and passion for, sourcing the finest wool. Our rugs bear ample witness to this obsession with quality, which is respected by the most discerning clients the world over.
At Christopher Farr, we undertake extensive research to find the perfect blend of wool for our rugs. These unique and rare blend of fleeces have taken years to source, from countries including Iran, Afghanistan and even the U.K. We also apply meticulous attention to the development of various methods of hand spinning in order to retain the high lanolin content in these yarns which, over time creates an creates an irresistible patina, a feature highly regarded in great Antique oriental carpets. This is no coincidence as it is in the field of Antique carpets that the company was first active during the 1980’s.
We are continuously experimenting with a variety of material and weaves such as jute and linen, as well as sourcing the most valuable and fabulous silk from the East. We are also increasingly involved in research into sustainable and recycled materials, an increasingly important are in today’s market.
We work with the most skilled artisans throughout the world. From the incredibly talented female weaves in Bamiyan in Afghanistan and Konya in Turkey to the male weavers and tufters in Varanasi in India. The production of a Christopher Farr rug is a painstaking process that passes through the hands of many talented people.
Wool, silk or jute, once sourced, is first washed, carded and then hand spun. Once ready the yarn is hand dyed in small batches creating a depth and movement in colour. A full size cartoon graph of the design is drawn by hand for the weavers to follow, if the rug is to be hand knotted or handwoven, and a loom is prepared with a warp and weft structure specified for how the rug will be fabricated. When the dyed wool is ready, each knot, stitch or tuft is tied, woven or punched by the weavers as construction of the rug begins to take shape. Upon completion the rug is taken off the loom and the pile trimmed by hand to achieve the desired finish. Once the process is complete the whole rug is washed at least twice with soap and pure water and left to dry. After a final check and trim the rug is photographed and prepared for shipping.