The Ganges Collection is hand-knotted in Jaipur, India by the same weaving group that produces Arcadia, Golden Triangle and Mystique. The yarn used is highland Afghani wool that is spun by hand, then �hard twisted� by hand to give the program a uniquely �hand-crafted� texture. The striated patina in the line is achieved in two ways. First, the hard-twist wool does not absorb all dye colors with the same saturation. This provides a kind of �sparkle� to the finish. Second, the wool is dyed in small hand batches. The large number of dye lots used in every color increases the striated effect. After hand shearing, the rugs are given a low-luster finishing wash that removes excess clippings from the pile and helps to set the dye colors. The luster present in the collection is purely a function of the extremely high quality wool. The production techniques noted above, the detailed Persian and Turkish patterns, and the subdued colors combine to give the Ganges Collection a highly textural, hand-crafted, organic appearance that offers incredible design flexibility. Central to the collection�s appeal is the fact that most of the designs are complementary to one another, allowing several different designs to live harmoniously in the same home. In fact, the Ganges Collection can also be ''mixed and matched'' with the simpler Mystique Collection, which uses the same family of dye colors and the same yarn.