If you haven’t experienced our newest collection, feeling is believing. Atelier 19 is a celebration of nature’s finest ingredients, starting with luxurious mohair. At the heart of the collection is Arrastra 349, woven from 85% mohair and 15% alpaca, right here in Fall River.
But do you know what it takes to turn a fiber as soft as mohair into a naturally durable Merida rug?
It’s a one-of-a-kind story of vetting, testing, and practice, and a journey that leads from South Africa (the source) to the Czech Republic (for spinning), and back to our workshop in Fall River.
Let’s start at the source: South Africa.
Our mohair is sourced from South African goats, prized for its rich natural color. We select the best yarns not only for their color but also for their durability, and how well they will hold when when twisted and spun.
Which takes us to our next stop: the Czech Republic.
The fibers are then spun into yarn using an innovative process developed with our German partner in the Czech Republic, a renowned wool spinner since 1874. The yarns are plied and twisted for optimal durability, meticulously tested for how well the strands hold together.
Of course the best part of the story is what happens in our Fall River workshop, where the mohair yarns are woven with other natural fibers, like alpaca, wool, and linen, to bring our one-of-a-kind rugs to life.