Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wool Carpets

Jaipur is well-known for its handmade wool carpets. We were given a demonstration of the process from spinning ...

to skeins ...

to the loom.

The beginning of the rug design is only printed on a small portion at the bottom and then the craftsman completes his work from memory.

The backside of each carpet is burned off ...

then special scissors and precise pressure are used to make an even cut on the front side.

The final step is washing the carpet.

All of these skills are normally passed down from generation to generation in families whose lives are devoted to weaving. They are considered masters at their craft.

I never really considered the process, the work and the artistry that goes into making one of these wool carpets.

They truly are handmade treasures!

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Peace & blessings, Tammy

15 comments:

Daydream Living said...

Hi Tammy!
Thanks for all your sweet comments! I love that you made pictures of the whole process, never thought it was that much work. Enjoy the evening! Maureen

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

FASCINATING! What a treat to watch those beautiful carpets being made!

Jan said...

SOOOO, did you buy a carpet? After watching the process (which is fasinating), you must have found SOMETHING to bring home????
I especially like that checked one!!!

Jan

crochet lady said...

That really does look like quite an interesting but labor intensive process. Thanks for sharing an upclose look at carpet making!

Serena said...

It is a time consuming and interesting process and looks quite specialised....not a surprise that they are deemed as masters of this craft. Wonderful pics, Tammy!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

That is definitely art!

glor said...

How amazing! These people are truly masters.

Kelly Berkey said...

gorgeous carpets! i love seeing all the art in the world! muah to you!

Diane said...

And thank YOU for showing us some of the process. Actually I had wondered how they created these beautiful rugs but never getting to India I never knew. Thanks again Tammy, Diane

Natasha Burns said...

An art is right! I never gave it a thought either, and it looks like so much work. Then we walk on them! makes me sad to think of that now!!

Mary Ellen said...

Thanks Tammy for showing us how these pretty carpet are made! You would think they had a machine to cut the carpet shag itself- amazing that it is hand cut!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I love all the things I see and learn on your blog Tammy :-) This process is incredible. We definitely don't think about that here in America where generational trades are mostly a lost art now. Thanks for sharing this.
Blessings,
Marcia

A Vintage Chic said...

Wonderful, Tammy! I've always been so fascinated with wool...spinning, dyeing, weaving....everything! Thanks for sharing the way these beautiful treasures are made, my friend!

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Julie

Anonymous said...

WOW!! What an amazing thing that must have been to see this whole process take place. I never would have thought about all the steps that go into having a beautiful rug. I should not be surprised to know that it is a family art that is handed down through the generations. Absolutely amazing!! I hope you were able to find a small one to bring home with you. Thank you for all the pictures. I feel like I am there with you!!

XOXOXO
Renee

Melissa said...

Makes you wonder in awe just how talented and the effort that is made to make these carpets. Beautiful pieces of art.

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