Production

Kateha’s production in India means that Kateha’s partner continuously monitors all production processes, guaranteeing the absence of child labour and that the work is performed under approved working conditions.

Raw materials
Kateha uses only yarn in renewable natural materials such as wool, linen, cotton, hemp and viscose. Partly out of consideration for the environment and partly for the special feeling that natural materials convey.

Dyeing
Only approved dyes are used, from suppliers that comply with the relevant legislation. This means that the dyes are free of chemicals such as azo and benzidine. The dyeworks’ purification facility uses a closed system, so the water from the dye bath can be recycled. All yarn is air-dried.

Finishing
All finishing such as edging, pile processing and sculpting is done by hand. Knotted mats are washed after production. Adhesive is always used on the backs of tufted rugs, to fix the yarn. We use synthetic latex that complies with The International Wool Secreteriat’s (IWS) regulations. This gives excellent durability.

Handtufted rugs
Kateha’s tufted rugs are made from natural materials. A full-scale pattern is drawn by hand and traced onto the base fabric, which is then mounted onto a metal frame. A hand-operated, mechanical tufting gun is used to do the hand tufting.

Handwoven rugs
Kateha quality is the best possible, both with regard to the skill of the master weaver and to the exclusive class of materials. The weaving is often done by two people who sit beside each other and meet in the middle. The loom itself is a simple bamboo construction. The warp is set up about 15 cm over the floor and covers more than ten metres.

Handknotted rugs
Kateha is proud to be able to offer a collection of knotted rugs that are of high-quality as regards design, materials and handcrafting. The knotting is performed on a vertical loom according to the Tibetan Knot principle. This means that the yarn is knotted round the warp threads and round a rod. When a row of knots is complete and has been tightened, the rod can either be removed, making loops, or be cut, making a pile.