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Rapier Loom Machine: All You Need to Know


Rapier Loom Machine: All You Need to Know


The rapier loom machine was invented in 1844 and saw continuous development throughout the years until 1925. However, during the 1950s and 1960s the machine was completely developed and commercialised the way we know it now.

In this short blog, learn a lot about what is the rapier loom machine and what are its features.

1.What is a Rapier Loom Machine?

Figure 1: TD-737 Terry Towel Rapier Loom

Typically, looms use a shuttle to weave the weft thread through the shed of warp threads. However, the rapier isn’t that type of loom. It uses a rapier or small finger-like projections to carry the weft thread across the warp thread. There are two types of rapier looms.

One is called a single rapier and the other is called a double rapier. In the single rapier loom, one rapier extending the length of the shed is used. In the double rapier, two rapiers exist. One rapier carries the weft thread halfway across, where it is met by the other rapier that takes it to the end.

2.What are the Features of a Rapier Loom Machine?

  • Rapier looms are suitable for the production of high-quality fabric at a low cost.

  • They are among the fastest loom types.

  • Rapier looms can weave a fabric of any type.

  • These machines can weave fabrics up to 110 inches without modification.

  • They produce less noise and are flexible.

3.What Cloth is Made by a Rapier Loom Machine?

Figure 1: Middle Speed TD728 Rapier Loom

Muslin, drapery, and upholstery material are made from rapier loom machines. All types of yarn can be used like cotton, polyester, silk, nylon, jute, and span.

4.What is the Rapier Fabric?

Any fabric woven on a rapier loom is known as a rapier fabric. Different yarns can be used for the same, such as cotton, silk, nylon, etc.

5.Rapier Loom from TONGDA

TD-737 Terry Towel Rapier Loom

Middle Speed TD728 Rapier Loom

The rapier loom machines are completely automatic and hence you will not need to be technically strong nor will you have to hire a technically advanced person to make the machine work.


The rapier loom machine can be bought from TONGDA and used to produce any kind of material. TONGDA not only sells these looms but also provides training on how to use them. So you can opt to buy from us and make your own cloth and weaves.

What is a Rapier Loom Machine?

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