HOW ARE THE RUGS MADE?
Our rugs are made by hand using either hand-tufted, hand-woven or hand-knotted techniques.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HAND-TUFTED AND HAND-KNOTTED?
Both of these are techniques for making rugs by hand. Hand-tufted rugs are made by hand and utilize a handgun to pass the fibre through a stretched canvas that has had the design traced onto it. With Hand-knotted rugs often the art of weaving is passed down through generations of a family and is the most traditional method of making rugs. A weaver works in front of a vertical loom and follows a grid-like drawing that reveals the rugs design and colours. Knot-by-knot the design is constructed.
WHERE ARE THE RUGS MADE?
little P produces all of its rugs in traditional rug making regions across Asia. Design work is done in our studio in Hong Kong.
DO YOU KEEP ANY RUGS IN STOCK?
We keep limited stock, as we prefer to produce in small product runs for our collections to eliminate possible wastage and to maintain high quality control. All of our products are made by hand, so we are not restricted to a minimum order.
I LOVE ONE OF THE RUGS BUT IT’S NOT THE RIGHT SIZE. CAN YOU MAKE IT TO THE SIZE I NEED?
Yes! We are happy to work with you and can adapt any of our designs to the particular size or shape you require.
I’D LOVE TO COLOUR MATCH THE RUG TO MY INTERIOR SCHEME. CAN YOU DO THIS?
Our mills can easily match fibres to requested colours. Simply provide a pantone colour, paint swatch, or fabric sample. As the fibres are custom dyed for each order then it is no problem for us to match your requirements.
SHOULD I EXPECT A COLOUR VARIATION FROM A SAMPLE TO THE END PRODUCT?
As all of our products are handcrafted, there may be up to a 5% colour variation from a sample to a finished product.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BESPOKE AND CUSTOM DESIGN?
These two terms are often mixed up. Bespoke refers to a product or service that is individually designed or made from scratch. Custom is when an existing design is adapted to fit requirements (either by changing the dimensions, scale of pattern or colour of the rugs). little P is able to customise any of our designs, as well as provide a bespoke service to create something unique if required.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY RUG?
Our lead times for hand-tufted are approximately 6-8 weeks, however for hand-knotted rugs the lead times are more extensive and can take several months due to the nature of the production method.
WHAT FIBRES DO YOU USE?
At little P our preference is to always work with natural fibres as they are better for the environment, and are more wear resistant than synthetic fibres. We primarily work with New Zealand Wool and Silk for our rugs.
New Zealand wool is superior to other wools. It is renowned for being the purest and whitest of wools, enabling excellent design, pattern and colour flexibility. Wool is durable, flame retardant, resilient, naturally soil resistant, and renewable. It is excellent for babies and children as it is naturally hygenic for them to play on, provides cushioning for falls and is allergy friendly.
WHAT IS THE MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FIBRE FOR A RUG OR CARPET?
We believe that New Zealand Wool is the most environmentally friendly fibre as it is naturally renewable and biodegradable. No internationally banned pesticides are used on farms in New Zealand, and so the wool is an excellent natural product derived in an environmentally sustainable way.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SILK AND SILK VISCOSE OR ART SILK?
Silk is a fine and shiny natural fibre that is produced by silk worms and is very expensive due to the time, labour and skill required to produce it. Art-silk or Viscose is a man-made synthetic fibre, so is considerably cheaper than real silk. It can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference, however Art-silk will be weaker, be prone to shedding, may lose its colour, and not be able to withstand heavy foot traffic.
HOW DO YOU DESIGN THE COLLECTION?
Our collections always begin from hand drawn sketches, ideas and inspiration that come from many sources. We consider trends in fashion and interiors, plus pattern and colour forecasts to keep our designs contemporary. However we like our work to sit outside of being just trend focussed, and create products that look fabulous now but have a certain timelessness to them.
DO YOUR COLLECTIONS CHANGE EACH YEAR?
Our brand is always developing new rug collections and product designs. We like to update our collections, but often keep our favourites in production. Upon request, we can still produce a rug from an older collection if required.
CAN YOU SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?
little P works with stores, interior designers and clients internationally. Being based in Hong Kong, we are able to commute as required for bespoke projects. With digital communication it is easy to share and develop designs for a project from a distance..