Quentin Jones: From Loom To Room

With everything handmade and produced in the city of Panipat, India, discover the fascinating story behind the creation of Quentin Jones’ debut textiles collection for Habitat.

Using traditional techniques in a contemporary way, we’ve worked collaboratively with both Quentin and one of our oldest textiles supplier in India to create a range of rugs and cushions that are individually handmade to create unique designs and statement prints.

The process of bringing a product to life, from the design brief to sampling and the finished product, relies on both the integrity of the designs and the abilities of our producers to make it into a reality. Taking up to 10 days to make a single piece, read our step by step guide below to discover how a pile of unprocessed wool is transformed from its raw form to a statement masterpiece…

RUG PRODUCTION PROCESS:

STEP 1:

In its raw form, the unprocessed wool is separated by hand to break up any clumps in the thread and to remove any unwanted materials. Once separated, it is then spun into the yarn using a hand operated machine.

Piles of different coloured wool for the rugs
Piles of dyed cotton for rugs

STEP 2:

The wool is then separated into different sections and dyed in hanks to the desired colour of the design. Here, the main colours are blues, yellows and reds.

STEP 3:

Once dyed into the specific colours, the yarn is hand-spun and made into 2-ply, which is then ready for the tufting tool.

Hand-spun wool for rugs
Wool stencil design

STEP 4:

To start with, the stencil of the design is plotted onto a cotton canvas fabric and stretched over a frame, ready for the fabric to be punched through the yarn.

STEP 5:

A hand held tufting tool is then used to punch the yarn through the fabric and each colour is individually hand tufted into the design. It’s a highly skilled process and the production teams have to be steady-handy and very precise to ensure a clean finish is achieved.

Hand tufting gun used to make a rug
Rug getting latex applied all over it

STEP 6:

Once the entire design has been hand tufted, the piece is then laid out and a latex is applied to the reverse to lock the yarns onto the base. Once applied, the rug is then left to dry out in the sun.

STEP 7:

Once dried, the yarn is then cut and shaved using a smaller machine to ensure equal height is achieved in the finish.

Yarn on a rug being cut

STEP 8:

For the Wordpool rug, the surface is then carved by hand using angled scissors to create a carved texture.

STEP 9:

For the Antrausic rug, there is a mixture of cut loop pile and loop pile which creates textures in itself. This is then cut around with angled scissors to create definition.

Quentin Jones Antrausic rug

Want to know more about the collection? Discover the inspiration behind the collection from concept to creation. And don’t forget to enter our competition, allowing one lucky winner to receive a pair of Quentin cushions. What are you waiting for? Enter now!

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