Natural Dye Rugs
One of the most exciting developments in the rug world in the last 20 years has been the re-introduction of handspun wool and natural dyes, made from materials like madder root, indigo, cochineal. There are many rugs available which are being called "vegetable-dyed," both in the geometric designs as well as the more formal, curvilinear designs. The best are pieces of glowing beauty. A good vegetable-dyed rug lights up a room and brings it alive. In addition, the natural dyes are believed to be more durable and light-fast (resistant to fading from ultraviolet light) than any of the chemical or aniline dyes.