Only the finest native Tibetan wool is used in our rugs. Tibetan highland sheep freely roam the Tibetan plateau at elevations over 10,000 feet. Because the sheep are free range in the wild, the wool they produce is strong and very high in lanolin content, which makes Tibetan wool one of the finest natural fibers in the world. Sorters separate the wool by hand and select only the variations of natural white that meet our dye masters’ standards. It is then washed, carded, and spun by hand, giving Tamarian rugs the raw, organic texture for which they are known. Since we value the high lanolin content of the wool for both its natural stain resistance and its lustrous texture, we do not wash our wool with chemicals or bleach before the dyeing process. We also weave using other natural fibers, such as Chinese silk and natural hemp, nettle, and linen; as well as high quality synthetics, such as viscose, banana silk and other cutting edge materials.