How To Make a Rope Rug


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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. ;)
Oh the memories.
Oh the memories.
Credit: NigelSSI

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:

Credit: froodish

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:
Credit: :-| Erik

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.
Credit: crackclimber
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 :


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.

Seneca area
May 4, 2012 - 02:07pm PT
I know that list tends to sere the west coast and front range people more than the east coast but if anyone can make it tomorrow (Sat. may 5) to the Gendarme at Seneca Rocks, I'll be giving a rug weaving demo. I've been weaving them for about 5 years and then selling through the Gendarme and donating the money to a climbing organization/cause. However, I'm getting out of "the business" and would like to pass on my knowledge and experience to others.

I'll be starting at 10 am and going till finish or the Cinco de Mayo party starts. Kind of a late last minute notice but...

Just finished the following one which will be sold this weekend and will be doing one more for teaching purposes.

Credit: Naitch
Credit: Naitch

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