With its own unique variations in grain and colour profile, each and every Pampa rug is an individual creation, handpicked from the indigenous community where it was designed and woven. The techniques used to make our rugsare part of the fabric of Argentinian tradition, heritage and ancientknowledge.
Every rug is handmade from fibre to finished product using high-quality wool that is shorn, carded and spun by hand. Natural dyes extracted from plants, flowers, vegetables, insects, minerals and smoke are used to colour the fibres, occasionally with the aid of synthetic dyes. Using patterns and designs passed down through the generations and inspired by nature, our rugs are woven on traditional looms in a process that can take more than six weeks. Once off the loom, Pampa rugs are finished by joining two woven panels with a central seam.
All our rugs carry the signature of the weaver in their individual design and slight imperfections. Named for the Argentinian landscape where they originate, every collection has a deeply rooted sense of place. These are the things that make Pampa rugs a truly handmade product.
The people responsible for creating our rugs and cushions are first-line artists, and we consider them to be the foundation of the Pampa project.
Our weavers work in cooperative groups, sharing resources and ideas, and often weaving together. Each artist safe guards their own live stock; those who lack a particular material have to buy wool from the others. Pampa’s artisans work with 100% sheep and llama wool. Thus the process of creating a rug does not begin with the weavers, but can be traced back to those who care and protect the livestock. The process is long, complex and ery creative. It begins with the selection of the fleece, which is washed. This wool is first hand spun with a spindle or distaff and then with two complete spindles, twisting the yarn and turning it into a two-threaded string.
The dying process follows. Most of the time, ourweavers dye with natural pigments obtained from plants and flowers in their local area, but sometimes they use anilines (synthetic dyes) to create moreintense colors. The colours obtained by natural pigments are never the same assome of the plants are seasonal.
They weave each unique piece on a loom that can befound in the backyard of almost every home. Different weaving techniques using different thicknesses of thread, give each rug its own unique character.