Hand Knotted Carpets
Hand knotted carpets started as a nomadic craft where carpets were made of sheep and goat wool. Over time, hand woven carpets became an item for trade when the admiration for its art grew. As the trade grew, so did the need to distinguish the tribes through the woven patterns. Thus began a process of people handing down their skills to their children, who built on those skills and in turn handed down the closely guarded family secrets to their offspring. To make a carpet in those days required tremendous perseverance. Even when carpet making developed to the stage of workshops, with several employees working on the same carpet, it was a question of months and often years of painstaking work. The leader would dictate through a series of chants to the other workers the color of the individual strands of wool to be knotted. When the time came for the tribe to move on, the loom had to be dismantled and the unfinished carpet folded as best as it could. The following season, it had to be put up again at some new oasis.
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