First introduced by Stephanie Odegard in 1987, Odegard revolutionized the world of hand-knotted contemporary carpets. With unrivaled commitment to quality and sophisticated design, Odegard Carpets has been at the leading edge of modern carpet production for decades. All Odegard Carpets are unique, starting with carefully selected Himalayan wool, which is hand-carded and hand-spun by Tibetan and Nepalese craftspeople, using centuries-old techniques. Odegard Carpets production strictly adheres to the highest standards of eco and social responsibility, raising the standard of living for thousands of artisan weavers in Nepal.
There is no wool in the world that is equal to that produced by the chenylok sheep of Tibet. Their unique diet and rigorous habitat at more than 14,0000 feet above sea level, contributes to their unique lanolin-rich, long-staple wool. The high lanolin content in the wool makes our carpets naturally stain resistant. The yarn is dyed in small lots, in boiling vats filled with Odegard's proprietary blends of organic materials such as walnut husks, madder root, indigo and saffron resulting in rich evocative colors. The abrashed or nuanced color, the result of complete hand processing, produces a resonance and depth that is an Odegard trademark.
Our master artisan weavers specialize in an ancient technique potentially dating back over 2,000 years called the senna loop, in which yarn is tied around a pair of warp and then looped around a metal rod. Once the row is complete the rod is hammered tightly against the rod below. The yarn along the rod is then cut, creating pile. The finishing process consists of shearing and scissoring; the pile is cut to the desired height by hand and design details are scissored to define their desired shape. All Odegard Carpets are washed with strict environmental practices.
Our extensive knowledge of custom carpet design is what sets Odegard Carpets apart from others. Our standard sizes range from 4 x 6 to 12 x 16, including runners of any length. Custom sizes of up to 26 x 47 feet and custom shaped carpets can be easily produced to order. There are many custom applications for Odegard carpets, they can be used as staircase runners, room-fitted, installed "wall to wall" or even inset into a floor. An Odegard carpet can be customized in many ways, custom color combination can be applied to a pre-existing Odegard design or a client's own design can be produced. We have over 2,000 standard colors to choose from as well as dye to match capabilities, making color range relatively unlimited. Our Art Department can produce a hand painted or computer generated rendering and/or order a small sample of your custom design for final approval. The possibilities are endless, let our expert team guide you through this inspiring process.