Technique

Tufting

In the TextielLab, you can manually tuft rugs to the desired pile height in patterns with sometimes as many as nine colours per square centimetre.

Please note: We are currently receiving a lot of requests for tufting projects. As a result, we are full until December 2021, so we can no longer accept assignments for this year. If you are interested in developing a project at the tufting department in 2022, we kindly ask you to fill in our request form before 15 September 2021.

Technique

Tufting involves making a pile rug or wall hanging by hand. Tufting machines use pneumatic force to press a U-shaped piece of yarn through a backing fabric. Carpets are tufted to the desired pile height in a single operation so that no waste is produced. The pile height is altered by cutting the yarn shorter or leaving it longer.
This technique is suitable for any designer, artist or architect who wishes to take the time to make truly exclusive wall and floor coverings, and fashionwear.

Yarn collection

In TextielLab, you will work with the tufting yarn collection that we permanently keep in stock. These yarns can be dyed in the desired colour in the lab. The TextielLab also invests in research and purchases special yarns. We work with sustainably produced yarn from European suppliers as much as possible. We also research specific applications for different types of yarn in textile products.

Finishing

After they have been tufted, rugs can be given a high-quality finish and a rubber backing layer. In this way, they can be put into use immediately after production.

Working in the TextielLab

Currently, the tufting department of the TextielLab is fully booked for 2021. If you like to do a tufting project in our TextielLab in 2022, please fill in our request form before 15 September 2021.

Selection procedure 2022
We select about 5 projects (depending on the size) that will be carried out in the TextielLab. The selection procedure is open to professional makers and students. This application consists of a clear, concise description of the project including visual material and/or sketch design, a CV, portfolio and motivation why you want to work in the TextielLab. Please observe the following guidelines:

  • CV, maximum 1 A4
  • Portfolio, maximum 5 pages
  • Project description, maximum 500 words
  • Image material project, maximum 5 pages

Our selection committee, consisting of technical and creative specialists from the TextielLab, decide which projects are carried out. Keep in mind that we receive many requests. Applications for which images or portfolios are missing will not be processed. Manufacturing a tufted rug takes weeks, sometimes months. Keep that in mind if you have a deadline. If you have a flexible deadline, please also let us know.

The selection will take place in October. You can expect a response from us after the selection.

Costs

The costs for a tufted rug are between € 750 and € 1500 per m2, depending on the complexity and pile height.

Technical specifications

The studio has a large tufting frame measuring 2.75 x 9 metres and a number of test frames measuring 1 x 1 metre. The frames are strung with grey polyester canvas.

Request form

Tufting

Within 10 working days Front Office will contact you about your filled in form. Please respect this period.