One of the best things about work trips is getting out of the office, its even better when you are going to visit a carpet mill in Alicante, Spain.
I got to tour around the factory of Moquetas Rols SA, a Spanish carpet manufacturer who has been operating since 1917, from humble beginnings they have become a market leader of premium quality carpets and now supply worldwide.
Rols have an amazing design and manufacturing team and offer clients the choice of a stock product or a custom design suited to your projects requirements.
ROLS designs and manufactures a wide range of carpets at their carpet mill, from stylish plain qualities in a variety of pile heights and densities to intricate patterns and textures.
Their design team offer a personal consultation to discuss your project and they will be able to recommend designs and materials.
Their flexible approach to design means that they are also able to offer one off bespoke designs.
Rols main material that they use to produce at their carpet mill, is wool in many different designs and styles.
Complementing their wool collection, they also offer a wide selection of alternative premium natural fibre materials, all of which come from sustainable sources.
These include cotton, jute, linen and viscose.
I am especially fond of their Chill Out collection that can be used outdoors.
The wool used is brought in from New Zealand, Australia and Europe, undyed and then dyed to order. Natural dye from plants is used as these tend to hold colours better over time.
Once they know the size of the order they will dye the correct quantity of yarn by hand.
Rols manufacture two main types of carpet style namely a Wilton and Tufted.
I learnt the definition and process of each.
Wilton A traditional wilton weave carpet is woven on a Jacquard loom with loops but the loops are cut cut to form a tight velvety pile.
The pile of tufted carpets is formed by tufts inserted into a backing with needles.
In knitted carpets, the backing, locking, and pile yarns are all looped together.
Tufted carpets differ from traditional types because they have a prewoven backing into which the tufts are inserted.
The carpet design can be programmed in to the carpet loom and all the yarn is set up on bobbins. These looms can produce carpets of up to 4 meters in width and the can produce to any length.
Once the carpet has been produced a carpet maker will go over the entire production roll and correct any mistakes that the loom has made.
Often it will miss a few stitches here and there and they will sit and correct them by hand.
Rols have recently released a new collection that incorporates ECONYLÂ® which is made from 100% Regenerated Nylon.
This special fibre can be regenerated over and over, making it a great eco-friendly option.
Rols are passionate about working with raw materials that are sustainable and therefore play an important role in the future of our planet.
With a huge a selection of grey carpets, outdoor carpets, wool carpets and commercial carpets, Rols are able to fulfil any design requirement.
Visiting a carpet mill was an amazing experience and I learnt a lot about carpet manufacturing and how specialised the trade is.
Visit Urbane Living to see the Rols collection of carpets.