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.
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 quality and feeling natural material brings about.
Only approved dyes are used, from European suppliers that comply with the EU-legislation. This means that the dyes are free of chemicals such as azo and benzidine. The dyehouse’s purification facility uses a closed system, so the water from the colour bath can be recycled. All yarn is air-dried.
All finishing such as edging, pile processing, 3D-sculpturing and pattern cutting is done by hand. Knotted rugs are washed after production. Adhesive is used on the back of tufted rugs, to fix the yarn to the backing. We use synthetic latex that complies with The International Wool Secreteriat’s (IWS) regulations. It gives excellent durability.
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 for the handtufting. In the production of the rugs Camelia, Celia and Cirius we use electric tufting guns.
Kateha quality is the best possible, both as to the skill of the master weavers and to the exclusiveness of the materials. The weaving is mostly performed by two people sitting next to each other and who meet in the middle of the rug. The loom itself is a simple bamboo construction. The warp sits approximately 15 cm up from the floor and can extend over more than ten metres.
Kateha is proud to offer knotted rugs of high-quality in design, material and handcrafting. The knotting is made 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 finished and has been tightened, the rod can either be removed, making loops, or be cut, making pile.