Our Products

Amici’s main specialty is in area rugs and broadloom for residential, commercial and hospitality. We also specialize through our subsidiary company Amici International, bath, rugs, pillows, table top, and other home furnishings items that deal with textile. These are mainly programs for big boxes or individual companies.

Amici’s rugs are primarily made in Pakistan, Nepal, and India. The process is hand tufted or hand knotted.

HAND TUFTED RUGS

Hand tufted rugs (also called handmade) are produced by punching individual yams through a fabric sheet using a device called a “tufting gun”. Once the rug or tufting has been completed a second fabric is glued to the back to hold the yams in place. Hand tufted rugs are looked at as a “step up” to machine made products at a modest premium.

HAND KNOTTED RUGS

Hand knotted rugs are produced using ancient techniques, have unlimited design and color variations and hold their value in years to come. Hand knotted rugs are made on a vertical frame called a hand knotting loom. Columns of threads are stretched from the top to the bottom of the loom. These are called the warp threads and are the foundations of the rug that also gives longevity to the rug.

Once the warp threads are arranged up and down the loom, the actual production process begins making a flat or non-pile weave. After ten to twelve rows of flat weave, the weaver begins the knotting process. The weaver at all times is consulting the design on a graph paper which is called a “cartoon”. Each square represents a single knot tied in a specific color of yam. The weaver ties individual knots in the specified color to warp the threads across the entire width of the loom. Every couple of rows, according to the design, the weaver inserts a “weft”, a flat woven thread which holds the knots below in place.

Once weaving has been completed the rug is then “sheared” to produce a uniform surface, and usually hand washed to develop luster. These rugs are mainly dried in the sun for authenticity. A hand knotted rug can take up to one year to complete depending on the amount of knots and the complicity of the design.

TIBETAN HAND KNOTTED

The wool used in a Tibetan rug is usually hand-spun and dyed with natural vegetable dyes when possible. This gives the rug a wonderful look with depth and richness achieved through subtle variations of color and texture. Nepalese rugs are hand-woven from blended Tibetan wool which is more flexible, strong, lustrous, and resilient to stains because of high content of lanolin. Tibetan rugs feature modern, transitional, and mostly contemporary designs making them very popular for today’s lifestyles and trends.

To view Amici Imports hand tufted and hand knotted collections we invite you to click on the website button marked “Collections”.