Custom Zapotec Weavings and How to Order

Above all, I like to take on the challenge of special orders. I have complete confidence that my weavers can duplicate any design that you might have in mind.

In my experience, there are always nice designs that come through that people really love, but they need a different size for their particular circumstance. This is usually how a situation develops for a special order. At times, someone might want to order a design from a book, magazine or even album cover. Whatever the case may be, Accents West would love to handle the job for you and get you the perfect Zapotec weaving of your dreams!

For example, If you should want a large Zapotecrug made especially to your specifications, all you need to do is email us which of our rug store weavings that you like and what size you would like your custom rug to be. Then we would contact you with a price estimate after we carefully research the factors involved in your particular project.

If you have a different design in mind, then you would need to email us an attached picture or send us a package with design and color swatches through the mail. In either case, we would begin a dialogue that would continue until the rug reaches you and you then have 48 hours to accept or reject it.

You will need to send one-half of the cost in check or money order to get a custom weaving project under way. When we receive your down payment, we will quickly forward your money to Mexico to get the job started as soon as possible. In a matter of days, we should be able to give you an estimated time of delivery. Upon completion and arrival at our office in Austin, we will contact you again and ask for your preference of shipping. Then, you will need to mail us the balance of the price of the weaving before we can ship it to you.

As we said earlier, the customer has 48 hours to accept or reject the weaving. You must contact us within this time span in order for us to honor the return policy and return your money. In all my years of business, I have never had a customer reject one of our special orders.

We want all of our customers to be satisfied and we are confident of our artists work. However, if you are not satisfied and have followed our return policy we will send your second check back to you upon receipt of the weaving. Then it will take three to four weeks to get your original deposit back from Mexico.

We specialize in large size rugs up to 10 feet in width and 20 feet in length, although our most common large scale rug are 8 x 10 feet. There are too many factors involved to list here pertaining to estimated completion date. We can nearly always deliver an 8 x 10  rug in six months.     
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Center Photograph above is the weaving our artists have been asked to replicate.
Our weavers can weave any design, complicated or simple. This custom weaving was commissioned to recreate the cover of the Rolling Stones hit album "Tattoo You". The detail is fantastic! Black, white and grey shading can be very difficult to work with. Needless to say the customer was very happy with this custom weaving.

Custom Order Considerations

Perhaps our most unique business service is the creation of custom weavings. The skill at which the Zapotec can replicate any design is unsurpassed. While custom weavings take more time generally the end result is well worth the wait. The attention to detail and the desire to keep the customer satisfied is the main reason I have chosen the specific weavers I work with to complete my custom orders.

There are many elements which effect the price of a special order from complexity of design, the use of custom colors and even the type of yarn to be used. The weavers and I go over the details of a custom weaving before we quote the customer a price. The whole process is very exciting and the weavers love to produce these custom orders to broaden their artistic skills and recreate designs that may influence their own designs or color choices in the future. They have even been asked to weave geometric imperfections into a design, particularly in the Navaho custom orders to make the weaving look more authentic. Textile professionals would be hard pressed to tell the difference between a Navaho and a Zapotec Replica.


After the custom order has been received, the wool is spun and washed by hand.
Here the weavers remove natural debris before the dying process begins.
Small spools of natural wool are wound onto weaving shuttles.
New Zealand wool is sometimes flown in for special orders.

Natural dyes are preferred among my weavers, so much time and energy goes into making these dyes. Here are marigold flowers which make a rich golden dye.
This dark plant creates the beautiful blue indigo colors so popular with our clients.
Lovely shades of orange and rust can be created from this fruit.
The aguave cactus and its inhabitants the cochineal beetle create the beautiful greens and crimson colors..
Cochineal beetles are ground to make the striking crimson dye used in only the finest of weavings.
Yarn is carefully hung to dry before the weaving process begins.
An experienced
 weaver here carefully picks out his colors of yarns as he plans his next weaving.
Much care and thought goes into planning the colors of the weaving and each bundle of yarn has it's own variations in tone and color range.
Jose Chavez Sosa cutting a new custom rug off his loom. Jose had just finished completing this special order rug for Accents West when I arrived from Texas.
This is the final step before the custom order rug is shipped. Each Rug is carded and combed  making sure the fine weaving is ready for delivery.
Gutierrez family holds up completed custom order rug for accents west

On the left photo,
Proudly standing by a recently completed special order is Manager Armando Gutierrez and a local weaver of the Casa of Felipe Gutierrez. I do a large number of my special orders with this family and have been personal friends with them for years.

In the right photo, Jose Chavez Sosa working on a 7 x 10 ft. custom order rug. The hundreds of warp cords give an idea of just how complex of an undertaking this weavings was.