What in the World is “nga-thak?

Back in the days when Tibet was ruled by the aristocracy, one of the most sought after objet d’arts were priceless, made-to-order rugs, called “nga-thak.” These were specifically woven for the patron with a choice of the most elegant designs, the best of highland sheep wool and available dyes, and woven by the most skilled master weavers. This nga-thak would become the coveted family heirloom. In my friend Kesang Tashi’s book “Of Wool & Loom”- The Tradition of Tibetan Rugs, he presented an extensive collection of these rugs, now under professional care and displayed at the Newark Museum in Newark, NJ and other world class museums, to celebrate Tibet’s illustrious rug weaving heritage.

The good news is that not only have these treasures been saved for posterity, but continued production of nga-thaks is alive and thriving at Khawachen, InnerAsia‘s subsidiary, in Lhasa. InnerAsia/Khawachen has an extensive list of loyal and discerning clients scattered even in the most unlikely spots, domestically and internationally. Here is an example what our clients have been saying about our made-to-order rugs:

“It’s hard to describe the complexity of reproducing a 19th century Arts and Crafts rug, but Inner Asia knew exactly how to realize it. From the first renderings of the historic design, through several strike-offs for color and content and then to beautiful hand craftsmanship, Inner Asia made the custom process look scientific. And all of that accomplished in a rigorous time frame. All custom rug experiences should be so seamless!”


So, when the inspiration moves you, you too can become a part of this exclusive club of patrons by contacting us at hemphill@RugsAndCarpets.com or visit our Costa Mesa showroom  to have your nga-thak as a made-to-order rug of your dreams, or a nga-thak-quality Khawachen rug from our readily available inventory. Both are available for delivery to your door. We’d love to help you create your very own made-to-order rug!


We Love Creating Custom rugs

These rugs are in the tufting process. You can see the area where the sample was made in two photo’s. This is done before production for several reasons but most of all for quality! No surprises!! They still need to be finished and backed. They should be completed by the end of the week and prepared for shipment!


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Custom Designer Rugs

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We love to do custom area rugs!  We recently reconnected with an old friend who is now our liason for custom tufted rugs overseas.  And his wife is our artist to assist you in creating the perfect rug!  We now offer these rugs in a variety of fibers including nylon, New Zealand wool, bamboo and silk.  Fibers can also be combined.  We have a library of designs. We can modify the design to meet your specifications.  We have 100’s of ARS color poms (see below) to select from which are keyed to the universal Pantone color choices.   We offer artwork (as shown in the images above) within 48 hours at no cost.  We make a strike off (as shown in the images above for a nominal charge).  The strike off cost will be rebated with an order. This is a terrific program.  We have sourced with an old friend in the industry to offer this program at a very competitive price and reasonable delivery times.  Only the finest fibers and constructions are offered.  You will not be disappointed.   Consider using fabrics as your inspiration.  We can match a fabric pattern (see below) or interpret it to fit your design needs.

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Natural Fiber Rugs Make A Great Statement

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets specializes in fabricated custom natural fiber rugs such as sisal, seagrass, jute, and abaca. Our online rug fabrication page will be on our website soon. The rug shown below is seagrass and raffia with a leopard tapesty fabric. This is one of three rugs that were purchased by a designer in Northern Virginia.

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets offers a complete selection of bindings including leather, suede, jute, Sunbrella, cotton, striped espadrille, microfiber, linen and more. Our leather options are unsurpassed with a selection of printed, textured, distressed, smooth and more – you name the color, we will get it for you.


Custom Rugs Are Our Specialty

Custom hand tufted wool rug

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets can create any type of rug imaginable. The rug shown here was created from interpreting an old photograph. A son had us make this rug for his father for a birthday present. The photograph was taken of one of the father’s collector cars. The rug will be hung in the father’s garage. What a great piece of art.

TESTIMONIAL from the buyer – Thank you for excellent service. Depending on how this looks in my Dad’s new garage, we may be back soon to start another project with you. It’s been a real pleasure dealing with you. Thank you. HL
UPDATE – I’ve trying find a second to email you today! Yes, we got it and my Dad loved it. HL

Phone (949) 722 – 7224 Fax (949) 722 – 7004
230 East 17th Street, Costa Mesa – CA, 92627
Showroom located in Orange County, Southern California

Serving Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Tustin, Ladera Ranch, Dana Point, San Clemente, Fullerton, Santa Ana, San Juan Capistrano and more.