We have 5 manila door mats that we make in our 25 Cottrell St. work shop in Mystic. It takes about a day to make the largest one, sometimes two people will work on it at the same time as they pull the 170 feet repeatedly through the pattern.
Our patterns are drawn out on large pieces of wood, nails are added along the guide lines to keep the rope in place. Heavy gloves are worn to work with the natural manila. Currently there are 4 artisans who work in the workshop that have the skill to tie the mats and a couple in training.
When you visit the shop on Cottrell St. in Mystic you can peek into the manila room and maybe get to watch one being made!
Mystic Knotwork, the manila room, at the Cottrell St. workshop.
Mystic Knotwork's mascot Betsy Mongrel sits (well-behaved!) in a circle of 5 Pass Prolong Manila Rope Mats that are waiting to be finished.
The custom 5 pass prolong mat in progress in the manila room.
The custom 5 pass prolong mat is about 6 ft. long!
Betsy approving the workmanship on this very large 5 pass prolong mat.
The 4 pass square mat, cute and square! 27 x 19 inches.
Sarah and Matt tying the big Abok. 46 x 21 inches.
Many use the mats as table decor.
Beautiful door way with the Abok mat. 46 x 21 inches.
Matt tying the 4 ply Abok.
Our round mat, the latest addition to the manila mat collection. 28 x 22 inches.
From the archives, the Cottrell St. shop, lots of manila choices.
Great idea for over the mantle!
4 pass ocean plait mat. 12 x 24 inches.
The prolong mat, 4 pass.
The prolong mat, 5 pass.
The square mat looking very nautical on this summery porch.
Ahoy, square mat on the docks.
Mountains of manila, mat making.
This photo was shared with us from one of our customers.