It is my goal to help "bring back" rya rug making by educating and offering the hard-to-find supplies. If you have a loom, you weave a rya. If you do not have a loom, you knot on a quality pre-woven backing to get the same effect. I offer three kinds of rya yarn, about 5 kinds of backing, needles, graph paper, and a sample kit of all yarns and backing.
This is a listing for 1 skein of your choosing from the ones shown in the 5 photos here. Just use the drop-down menu to pick the color you want or make a notation in the "Customer Comments" line when you purchase which color numbers you want. The numbers are shown beneath the skein in the photos.
More likely, you might want a variation from what I am listing You might need 7 skeins, or two skeins, or 25 skeins. If that is the case, just click on "Request Custom order". It won't cost you any more, and will probably cost less since I can give a very accurate p&h price for you specifically to your zip code. If you want some half-skeins, I would be willing to cut skeins and measure out half-skeins for you, too. I'm here to help.
These skeins of 100 percent virgin wool rya (pronounced ree-yah) rug yarn are from Norway (Rauma--$16/skein) This yarn is spun from the Spaelsau sheep which are indigenous to Norway and a truly hardy and strong-fleeced sheep. The most special thing about this grouping is the various shades of gray--no jokes, please! Truly, look closely at the photos. I know of no other brand of yarn that has such beautiful NATURAL grays.
I encourage you to convo me and tell me how many of what colors you want. I will gather them, shoot a photo for your approval, and before listing it for you, I'll weigh it for an accurate weight for postage.
The skeins generally weigh about 3.5 oz. each, with approximately 75 meters/82 yards in length. The thing that makes rya rug yarn special is its resiliency and strength. Since it is virgin wool from long-stapled fleece, the fibers are very long within the plies and ensure a long life to your rug or wall hanging. Rya yarn can be used for weaving, rugs, wallhangings, hooking, knitting (coarse knitting), and tapestry (and whatever else a creative fiber artist figures out)
If you are interested in learning more about rya rug making watch this video I made with a professional photojournalist about this "almost lost art": http://youtu.be/trl3V5Q2kG4
I am here to help you make decision, so don't hesitate to ask. I am writing a book on designing and making your our rya which will be complete just as soon as it is complete. (I'm having difficulty meeting my self-imposed deadlines.)
Also see my listing for needles and optional (but very helpful) needle holder.