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The Resurgence of Vegetable and Herbal dyes
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From the beginning, the wool used in the making of handmade rugs was colored using vegetable and herbal dyes made from locally available plants, bark--even insects.  The perennial flower Madder, for example, which grows wild, was used to produce a wide range of reds--from deep burgundy to pink.  Yellow dyes were derived from several vegetable sources including Weld (an indidenous wild flower ), vine leaves and pomegranate rind.  Walnut husks produced a brown dye and the Indigo plant was an early source of blue dye.  Perhaps the most exotic source of dye was Cochineal, extracted from the resinous secretion of a scale insect originally discovered in Central America by the Spaniards and imported into the Middle East.  In the hands of an experienced dye-master, these naturally occurring substances could be combined to create virtually every color in the rainbow.

The Unique Beauty of Natural Colors
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For centuries, vegetable and herbal dyes were the origina--and only--way to add color to wool rugs and textiles.  Indeed, the beauty found in many antique rugs is derived from the unique and mellow hues of naturally dyed wool.  However, synthetic dyes--first used in the mid-18th century--gradually replaced natural dyes throughout much of the rug weaving world.  But today, as the number of knowledgeable rug connoisseurs grows, natural dyes are enjoying a resurgence in popularity.  Sophisticated consumers have come to appreciate the subtle variations and unique hues that can only found in rugs made from naturally-dyed yarns.


MER searches the world to find a never ending range of new rugs, new designs, new constructions and color palettes.  And now MER offers Willow Creek: stunning traditional designs created by hand from the most beautifully traditional, naturally dyed wool yarns.  Extraordinary.  Sophiticated.  Unique.  From MER.


WILLOW CREEK --Vegetable & Herbal dyes Woolen rug-- Hand Knotted, Design# 9401 [Black]                                  sizes: 6'x9', 8'x10', 9'x12', 10'x14'.








Willow Creek

9401 

Black






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Willow Creek

9402 

Green




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WILLOW CREEK --Vegetable & Herbal dyes Woolen rug-- Hand Knotted, Design# 9403 [ROSE]                            sizes: 6'x9', 8'x10', 9'x12'.  Runners: 2'6''X8', 2'6''X10'









Willow Creek

9403 

Rose


WILLOW CREEK --Vegetable & Herbal dyes Woolen rug-- Hand Knotted, Design# 9404   [ RED ]                            sizes: 6'x9', 8'x10'.    Runners: 2'6''X8', 2'6''X10'









Willow Creek

9404 

Red


WILLOW CREEK --Vegetable & Herbal dyes Woolen rug-- Hand Knotted, Design# 9406      sizes: 6'x9' only









Willow Creek

9406
 



WILLOW CREEK --Vegetable & Herbal dyes Woolen rug-- Hand Knotted, Design# 9407 [RUST]  sizes: 6'x9', 9'x12'.









Willow Creek

9407

Rust


WILLOW CREEK --Vegetable & Herbal dyes Woolen rug-- Hand Knotted, Design# 9415 [GREEN]                            sizes: 6'x9', 8'x10', 9'x12',10'X14'.









Willow Creek

9415 

Green


WILLOW CREEK --Vegetable & Herbal dyes Woolen rug-- Hand Knotted, Design# 9416 [RED]                                  Sizes: 6'x9', 8'x10', 9'x12'.









Willow Creek

9416 

Red


WILLOW CREEK --Vegetable & Herbal dyes Woolen rug-- Hand Knotted, Design# 9417 [BURGUNDY]                    Sizes: 8'x10', 9'x12'.









Willow Creek

9417  

Burgundy


WILLOW CREEK --Vegetable & Herbal dyes Woolen rug-- Hand Knotted, Design# 9418    Sizes: 6'x9', 8'x10', 9'x12'.









Willow Creek

9418  




WILLOW CREEK --Vegetable & Herbal dyes Woolen rug-- Hand Knotted, Design# 9419 [NAVY/RED]                            Sizes: 6'x9', 8'x10', 9'x12'.









Willow Creek

9419 

Navy / Red


WILLOW CREEK --Vegetable & Herbal dyes Woolen rug-- Hand Knotted, Design# 9420       Sizes: 6'x9', 8'x10'.









Willow Creek

9420






The Resurgence of Vegetable and Herbal dyes
---------------------------------------------------------------
From the beginning, the wool used in the making of handmade rugs was colored using vegetable and herbal dyes made from locally available plants, bark--even insects.  The perennial flower Madder, for example, which grows wild, was used to produce a wide range of reds--from deep burgundy to pink.  Yellow dyes were derived from several vegetable sources including Weld (an indidenous wild flower ), vine leaves and pomegranate rind.  Walnut husks produced a brown dye and the Indigo plant was an early source of blue dye.  Perhaps the most exotic source of dye was Cochineal, extracted from the resinous secretion of a scale insect originally discovered in Central America by the Spaniards and imported into the Middle East.  In the hands of an experienced dye-master, these naturally occurring substances could be combined to create virtually every color in the rainbow.

The Unique Beauty of Natural Colors
-------------------------------------------------
For centuries, vegetable and herbal dyes were the origina--and only--way to add color to wool rugs and textiles.  Indeed, the beauty found in many antique rugs is derived from the unique and mellow hues of naturally dyed wool.  However, synthetic dyes--first used in the mid-18th century--gradually replaced natural dyes throughout much of the rug weaving world.  But today, as the number of knowledgeable rug connoisseurs grows, natural dyes are enjoying a resurgence in popularity.  Sophisticated consumers have come to appreciate the subtle variations and unique hues that can only found in rugs made from naturally-dyed yarns.



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