Rya rugs

November 9, 2012 by
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Rya rugs

Melinda Byrd creates a Scandinavian Rya rug. Once popular in the United States Rya rug materials are now hard to find in the US and the art of making them is disappearing.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

This rug was made for a large person using camel wool from the underside of the neck (so it’s very soft).


20 Comments on Rya rugs

  1. Aditi Adi on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 5:17 pm

    thanx for this awesome video………. can u please upload some videos about ray rugs….

  2. AzitaTabriz on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 6:05 pm

    thanks a lot dear Melinda..

  3. Melinda Byrd on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 6:16 pm

    Glad to know you are teaching kids this knotting technique. That makes my day. You are helping to keep the tradition alive. Thanks for your comments on the video!

  4. Raquel Turnquest on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 7:06 pm

    Thanks for the video. I have not made Rya Knot Rug since college. I will teaching the technique to a group of kids at a summer camp starting tommorrow. Watching brought back memories. Keep up the good work!!!

  5. Melinda Byrd on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 7:45 pm

    This is very helpful information. Thanks so much for passing it along. I found their web site. I have never seen backing quite like that before, but it is close to what I’m familiar with. has anyone out there used these supplies?

  6. Melinda Byrd on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 8:39 pm

    Hello, Azita. I wish I knew where to direct you to find rya rug supplies in Italy. The heavy wool backings are nearly impossible to find these days, but originally came from Scandinavia. If I find a supplier, I will post that info here. Thanks for your comments…you might have to make a Persian rug! 😉

  7. AzitaTabriz on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 9:24 pm

    Thank you dear Melinda..I’m Persian! and I would like to do some of these rugs..where can I buy the materials in Italy?

  8. Xtalllll on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 10:08 pm

    There are some Finnish suppliers who sell both yarn and backings. Google ‘taitopirkanmaa’ or ‘wetterhoff’.

  9. penny horstkamp on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 10:54 pm

    do you or have you found a supplier in the United States for these rugs. I would like to make one of my own and pass the process on to my granddaughters if they would like to learn when they are older.

  10. Melinda Byrd on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 10:54 pm

    That would be great! I’ll spread the word…and get some myself.

  11. dourakigia on Fri, 9th Nov 2012 11:30 pm

    Thank you for your prompt reply. A friend told me that you can buy them in Germany.
    Once I find out I’ll let you know just in case others might be interested.

  12. Melinda Byrd on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 12:24 am

    Hi, Dourakigia, thank you for your kind words. Finding the good-and-hearty woven backings is the challenge these days. I’m hoping someone who sees this video may tell us a good source for the backing someday. I will continue selling the yarn through etsy until I have no more. Some people weave their own ryas on loom which means they don’t need “a backing”. Cheers.

  13. dourakigia on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 12:43 am

    Lovely video thank you. I live in Greece i.m not sure from where to buy the backing. Yarn i found through Etsy.
    Thank you!

  14. Melinda Byrd on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 12:56 am

    Cricketstomper. I love your enthusiasm for the rya rugs. Since these nice quality backings are no long woven for general sales, it is very dificult to find them except by chance–maybe someone finds one in their attic and lists it on ebay. Last month and this month, I am teaching my last rya rug-making class to some good friends who have received my LAST backings. Happily, the class is being videoed by Ken Koons so the “how to design” details can be seen as a follow up video! Stay tuned.

  15. cricketstomper on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 1:18 am

    Where do you buy the backing? I am going to do this!!! Thanks so very much!!!

  16. Pankaj Diwan on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 1:47 am

    Its very simple looks but very difficult making in starting. But the way she is teaching everyone. Even a small boy/girl can can make the carpet this way.
    realy I salute to this lady. May God give her Health and wealth so that she can go on for ever. Pankaj Dewan (Exporter of Rugs and Carpets from India) info@vishwakarmaimpex.in (0091-9254213614)

  17. Greysam0 on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 1:47 am

    Thank you for a beautiful and descriptive guide to the art of rya rug making. We can source rya rug canvas in Europe – which hopefully allows a rug to be made to the same principles – but the rya backing (as on the video) is much harder to find. It can be handwoven for you in the traditional pure linen warp and wool weft, but that means it is justifiably expensive (£135 for 36″x60″).

  18. Melinda Byrd on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 1:59 am

    Thanks. Since I don’t know when I’ll find my next rya backing, I really wanted this rya to be special–in case it is my last. You are right about supplies being hard to find and expensive when you find them. Seems there may be a resurgence of interest in ryas and possibly new supplies made with quality materials…keep fingers crossed.

  19. msbernie1970 on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 2:08 am

    Have always wanted to make a rya rug, but it’s very difficult to find the materials & when I did they were very expensive. Your’s are absolutely beautiful.

  20. Donnajbe1 on Sat, 10th Nov 2012 2:15 am

    I really enjoyed this. A very nice mix of detailed information and fun facts too!

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