The knotting of carpets is an ancient art that has been passed down for generations. Different regions, countries and even cities or villages have their own patterns, styles and techniques. Wherever a hand-knotted carpet comes from, it usually starts with the shared first step; the sheep. The hand-knotted carpets are traditionally made of wool. The wool is spun with different techniques and then the weaving starts.
The carpets are often colored with natural dyes. All this leads to beautiful, durable Kilims, Vintage carpets, Berber carpets, Ziegler carpets and the Classic carpets. Recoloured carpets have been recolored and given a second life. So they last for years again.
An unexpected color variation in the area of a carpet is called abrash. From time to time it is pleasant and charming to see this hard and sharp color difference that extends over some carpets to a certain length and others over the entire length of the carpet. The reason for the striped irregularity of the abrash lies in the changes in the dyeing process of wool strands and the use of binders. This change mainly occurs with nomads or tribesmen, because these people buy wool and dye it in small quantities due to lack of money at different times and at different parties, while in large carpet workshops the color strands are bought in large quantities.
The rug often shows the character or mood of the weaver, just like the way in which an artist presents his mood or views in a painting. Many carpets also contain deliberate mistakes, symbolizing that people are imperfect and perfection can only be achieved by the maker. The rug is eventually cut from the loom, washed and dried in the sun.
Photos: Felix van den Belt