Saturday, October 16, 2010

Carpet Weaving

Our tour to Pamukkale took us through Denizli where we stopped at a carpet factory and warehouse, established as a tourist attraction.  We saw how silkworm cocoons were turned into silk thread and then dyed and finally woven into very expensive hand made carpets.  Each knot is tied by hand.  The women working there make $400 per month which is likely top rate as it is a tourist spot.  You can hardly see their hands move when they are working.  The patterns are very complex and while they have a paper pattern to work from, they seem hardly to look at it.

Carpets are silk, cotton or wool or combinations.  We didn't even ask how much.

Working on a large woolen carpet
Inside the loom


Working on a small silk wall hanging.
Detail of the wall hanging

3 comments:

  1. Holy crap. That is amazingly detailed and gorgeous.

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  2. Wow that's a quick way to go blind.

    Just a side note: blogger is having problems posting the last few days so if you have problems don't feel like the Lone Ranger.

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  3. Fascinating work. Smart that you didn't ask for a price.

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