How To Make a Rope Rug


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Sport climber
Denver, CO
Feb 16, 2011 - 07:48pm PT
Okay Naitch, so I just took my nails out and started over. I drew the pattern out, but what I hadn't thought about or considered, is where to start measuring 3" from, relatives to the corners. I guess I assumed, incorrectly what to do. I somehow came up with 27" x 24" and then started marking every 3" around the perimeter, then made lines diagonal going for point to point, and this left a line going through each corner, perfectly bisecting the corner. What this means is, I did something wrong, because this puts the end points 3" away from the next nails on each side.

Here's a picture showing what I mean.

Where do I start the measurement's from? Is my template for 27" x 24" off? (for the 9 x 7 pattern)

Sport climber
Denver, CO
Feb 17, 2011 - 05:23pm PT
Alright, so after figuring some things out and doing and redoing, I finished the first loop.

Now what I'm struggling with, is which end to to continue with (I suppose it doesn't matter?) and whether I follow on the outside or inside.

Thanks again for all the help. Glad to see it finally taking shape.


EDIT: figured it out. Unfortunately, I found a mistake in the first pass, on one of the corners. At this point I'm not going back to fix it, hopefully it doesn't cause any major issues with the final product.

Sport climber
Denver, CO
Feb 19, 2011 - 07:30pm PT
you can see I marked the corner with the mistake with tape. In order to fix it I'd need to cut somewhere on that strand (probably closer to the middle, pull it out, fix it, put it back in, and melt it back together.

Overall I think it came out pretty nicely, and your method with the two nails worked well. Thanks again for all the help. I look forward to doing this again with another rope someday.



Trad climber
Feb 21, 2011 - 12:42pm PT
I am making my first rug and used the coil method with silicone caulk - but duct tape isn't sticking to it! Anyone else experienced this or know why it won't stick? I saw mastic and superglue as alternatives - any other suggestions?

Trad climber
Feb 21, 2011 - 02:00pm PT
Thanks - that's helpful info. I'm going to try a few things and I'll keep you posted if I find a better option. I saw your rugs - the bi-colored spiral is inspiring!

Feb 22, 2011 - 03:18pm PT
Inspired by this thread, here is a spiral rug I made as a Christmas present. The coolest part about this gift for me was the meaningful nature behind it. We shared the bi-pattern blue rope in question on a particularly wet and stimulating day on the Diamond, topping out to blue skies and an empty summit. In retrospect that day was the culmination of his career as a rock climber. To be able to give my friend a piece of art made from something we trusted each others lives to was special for me. Thanks for the inspiration and good tips fellas!


Trad climber
Mar 8, 2011 - 02:52pm PT
A friend asked me if I had any old climbing rope to make a rug out of, and sure enough... Long story short, she made two. Realized WAY too late that she was trying to show off domestic skills to me or something like that. If I wasn't so clueless I would've boarded that ship before it sailed.

Shown with some old trash so you dinosaurs can see the size. ;)

Should I resole those or use the original rubber? What's the difference in GNAR points?
Josh Ulloa

Trad climber
Turlock, CA
Jul 29, 2011 - 11:34pm PT
Hey, trying to make a rug similar to ones made by Naitch. He posted a chart where some of the patterns require a number of closed loops. The pattern I'm working on has two closed loops but I have no idea how to "close" one and start the other. Appreciate any ideas. Thanks!

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Sep 11, 2011 - 12:51pm PT
Just made another:


Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Sep 11, 2011 - 01:52pm PT
This thread is awesome. Good timing, too. My family and I are going to do a low cost christmas this year-creative presents from the 99cent store, and also homemade gifts. Someone is going to get a rope rug!!!!! Good timing for this thread, going to start now.
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
-A community of hairless apes
Sep 11, 2011 - 02:00pm PT
Nigel, Froodish,

Those look like perfectly good ropes, what's wrong with you. I say sacrilege.

Ditto for ct on the blue.


Very nice craftsmanship, however.

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Sep 11, 2011 - 02:28pm PT
HFCS, That rope was at least 15 years old. Alas these days, I retire ropes more from age than from falls.
:-| Erik

Sport climber
Sep 11, 2011 - 09:36pm PT
Awesome rope thread!

I just got a lofted house, and have spent an unproductive afternoon trying to figure out how to build this:

Anyone have thoughts? Could I use a single weave with 1-2 long retired climbing ropes and make a loose rug template... or would it get loose?

Social climber
So Cal
Sep 11, 2011 - 09:41pm PT
Fishnet knots.

you're gonna need a lot of rope though!

Social climber
New York
Jan 12, 2012 - 04:26am PT
All i did is try n try n try..but did not succeed...anyways i will complete it..whatever it takes

Trad climber
Missoula, MT
Jan 22, 2012 - 03:08pm PT
If anyone is interested I have a friend who will weave your rope for you, and for a pretty reasonable price considering the quality you get.
Most places weave your rope for $40 or more, plus shipping and they come out looking kind of sloppy like at this website:
Get the sweet pattern above for $45 plus shipping. They will even give you $10 back if you wash your own rope!
Even if you don't have a rope to retire, from time to time my friend sells completed ropes on the website. If there is nothing posted you can email to inquire about what is available. Here is the website:

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Apr 17, 2012 - 01:11pm PT
Here is a timelapse of me making this type of rug :

[Click to View YouTube Video]

Boulder climber
Pollock Pines, CA
Apr 20, 2012 - 12:43am PT
Hey Everyone. Retied Rope Rugs offers a Do-it-yourself kit for $25 that includes a full size pattern and written instructions for oval or rectangular woven rugs. The post above shows a customer using the kit and just how easy it is. We also offer coil rugs. Send us your rope or use one of ours. We have a collection of ropes waiting to be re-purposed.

Trad climber
Apr 20, 2012 - 06:53pm PT
I've made several coiled rope rugs. I recommend using a silicone caulking bead between and an old yoga matt or similar behind. I've found that this combination looks and holds up well.

Trad climber
the f*#king peninsula.
Sep 27, 2012 - 05:25pm PT
cool rope bump!
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