Reinhard Schoffthaler is an extraordinary rug weaver. In his modest shop in an old stone building in Paint Rock, TX he and his small staff process natural fiber, raw wool or llama fleeces “just off the animal,” through blending, dyeing, carding, spinning, then design and weave beautiful rugs. The machinery is from Germany, North Carolina, and home made; all repairs are done in house.
There are many looms of different widths at Ingrid’s Handwoven Rugs. The warp is a very strong, small diameter, polyester thread. A pneumatic beater provides high pressure to compact the weft yarn into a tight weave. The weaver makes designs by laying in yarns of contrasting colors; measuring, cutting and then tapering the inlay ends to overlap the base color.