The art of rugmaking


( meaning: distinctive floor decoration as an indication of taste )

Rugalia is a company based in Cape Town, dedicated to the manufacturing of hand made tufted rugs. Production is by our highly skilled locally trained staff who share a collective pride and sincere appreciation for their craft.

Tufting each rug is an art form and care is taken in exacting the detail that the customer’s brief has called for, and in many cases exceeding their expectation.

Over the past 20 years, we have applied our rug-making skills to homes, hotels and offices around the world, ever-increasing our reputation for design, quality and service.

A creative rug design co.

Creativity is the backbone of our company and we relish the challenge of pushing the boundaries of rug design.

We work with a number of external design studios and collaborate with individual designers both locally and abroad.

Developing a rug design is a personal journey and one we would like you to take us on.

How we make our rugs


The frame is sized and the primary backing fabric is stretched over the frame to ensure a sturdy canvas; The design transparency design is then drawn by hand onto the backing fabric.


Our handheld tufting machines punch that drive the wool yarn through the backing fabric, following every detail of the design with accuracy. Two or three pile heights can be added onto the same design to create various depths on a bespoke design.

Once tufting is complete, the rug is carefully checked against the original design:  a secondary backing fabric is now glued to the back of the rug.


Once the rug is dry, it is cut from the frame and placed on the floor in our finishing department so that the rug can be planed (shaven) trimmed and edged by hand to ensure the quality of the rug. Only then is the Rugalia assurance label added to your rug.

Yarn Makeup

The Yarn used is spun and dyed in South Africa and is a blend of 80% wool and 20% nylon. This combination provides complete colour fastness, ensures durability and the addition of nylon reduces the natural shedding of the wool yarns.

Pile Types

Short-Cut Pile: Densely tufted – 12 – 15mm pile height.

Medium-Cut Pile: Relaxed tuft – 18 – 20mm pile height.

Loop Pile:  Strands of yarn form loops on the surface of the rug.

Plush Pile: Longer strands (up to 25mm pile height) in a relaxed tuft, giving a shaggy appearance.


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