Welcome to the cc-tapis material universe.

From the refining, to the dying, hand-knotting, finishings and the final washing, every stage of the production of a cc-tapis rug benefits from the finest natural fibers, hand spun by expert artisans. No industrial machinery, acids, chemicals or glue is involved in the production of a cc-tapis rug, making the process sustainable by nature. To learn about our production processes click here >>

A selection of robust fibers born through experimentation and close development with our Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan artisans. 

cc-tapis hand-knotted and hand-woven rugs are made my hand at 2 different ateliers, each taking advantage of natural resources where local artisans and their families have been using these natural materials for centuries. The knowledge and experience to work with these materials has been handed down from generation to generation.

 

 

cc-tapis works with designers and artists, experimenting with natural materials to translate their concepts and ideas. New combinations of materials are often created specifically for a new design, new yarns are spun to translate the vision of the artist and materials are unexpectedly combined together to make something new. Some materials are better suited for specific techniques and the cc-tapis design-lab works with clients to create bespoke designs with custom material combinations.

cc-tapis is here to guide clients to create bespoke rugs. If you have a specific request our team is available to give advice on which material combinations would better suit your project and your needs.

 

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MATERIALS

HIMALAYAN WOOL
Himalayan wool comes from Tibetan Highland sheep who have developed a robust and durable wool to survive harsh Himalayan winters. The durability of this wool is characterized by the large amounts of Lanolin secreted by Himalayan sheep, lanolin makes the wool naturally water and stain resistant. A natural When dyed, Himalayan wool maintains an incredible depth due to the color never being flat.

 

Characteristics:
– High-resistance
– Opaque, Himalayan wool can be dyed in any color.
– Soft to the touch
– Available in undyed, Tiger dye and abrash.

UNDYED HIMALAYAN WOOL
Himalayan wool is available in a wide selection of natural colors, from light to dark tones. At the cc-tapis atelier, when the sheep are shorn, the wool is divided by color and cc-tapis offers 6 different natural tones.

 

Characteristics:
– High-resistance
– Opaque
– Soft to the touch

SILK
cc-tapis uses pure silks refined in China and India, natural fibers made by the silkworm. Extremely fine with a beautiful and natural shine, silk is known for its strength and durability.

 

Characteristics:
– Medium resistance
– Shiny, can be dyed in any color
– Smooth and soft to the touch

BAMBOO and BANANA SILK
These vegetal silks are mace from natural fibers: Bamboo silk is created from bamboo cellulose whilst Banana silk is created from the waste products of banana plants. Both have a thick and smooth texture with a beautiful shine, similar to pure silk. 

Characteristics
– Medium resistance
– Extremely Shiny, can be dyed in any color
– Smooth and soft to the touch

TENCEL (LYOCELL)
– silk substitute
Tencel is an extremely sustainable fiber produced through a process that is not dangerous to the environment. Harvested from certified wood sources, it is fully compostable and biodegradable. The cellulose obtained from the pulp is processed with a non-toxic solvent, and is heated to eliminate residual water with the result of a fiber with an exceptionally smooth surface that retains heat like wool but is breathable like linen whilst being more absorbent than cotton.

 

Characteristics:
– High-resistance, not affected by water
– Shiny, can be dyed in any color
– Soft to the touch

ALOE /
NETTLE
Aloe is a local Nepali word for a type of nettle plant which grows abundantly in Nepal. With a profound texture, this strong and durable fiber is recommended for high-traffic areas. It sheds much less than wool and can be fully dyed with the exception of light cold colors.

 

Characteristics:
– High-resistance, does not shed
– Opaque, we do not advise clients to dye this material in light and cold colors
– Hard texture

 

LINEN
Linen is a natural material made from fibers of the flax plant. It is a rich and thick material which has a beautiful and subtle shine.

 

Characteristics:
– High-resistance
– Medium shine: we do not advise clients to dye this material in light and cold colors
– Medium/hard Texture

 

MOHAIR
Mohair wool is a natural fiber which comes from the hair of the Angora goat, an animal which developed its unique shaggy hair due to environmental conditions. It is a long, smooth and strong fiber that is often combined with other fibers.

 

Characteristics
– A delicate fibre which sheds abundantly.
– Medium shine, can be dyed in any color
– Extremely soft to the touch

 

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