"ART CULTURE HISTORY"

Weaving and Weavers

With the legacy continuing generation by generation, each step requires special talent and careful work.

In different parts of the world, the ability to produce quality carpets plays an important role for the social status of the weaver. It signals better financial status and better psychology.

A weaver can work as much as he/she wants to, and still gets paid when the carpet is finished. Therefore, carpet weaving can also be a part-time job. For instance, a mother can still look after her children and slowly produce a carpet without any stress. An old or retired person can weave a carpet without any physical concern. Flexible working schedule to produce something valuable is an effective way to make effective contribution to household economy.

Carpet weaving is also a self-fulfilling and meditative hobby. People who produce something valuable or something related to art are happier and more self-fulfilled. Instead of being unemployed, they feel the joy of creating something beautiful. Furthermore, the patient and relaxed mental state after doing similar things over and over is meditative and calming.

One must consider and treat a carpet weaver as an artist. People who can weave paintings or intricate designs on fine silk carpets are both students and appliers of the art. They not only make research and learn about the painting and its artist; but also recreate that art form with another material, on different decorative platforms.

Any person can be a carpet weaver with proper training of certain techniques, and by acquiring the ability to read a design frame. In order to advance in this profession as a carpet weaver, patience, skills and learning are required. Therefore, going from wool to cotton, cotton to silk, and silk to finer silk is a good career goal to be achieved.

Mathematically, 1 m² carpet area is made of 10.000 cm² weaving. And the measure axb per cm² means there are a knots horizontally and b vertically in one cm².

As a result, 1 m² carpet with

  • • 4x4 knots has 16 knots in one cm²; thus, have 16x10.000=160.000 knots.
  • • 10x10 knots has 100 knots in one cm²; thus, have 100x10.000=1.000.000 knots.

The same calculation method applies for different versions of finesse. In order to find the number of knots woven on a specific carpet, one must multiply the size of the carpet (m²) with the number of knots per m² according to the finesse.

Therefore:

  • • 6m² wool carpet with 4x4 finesse has 6x160.000=960.000 knots totally.
  • • 6m² silk carpet with 10x10 finesse has 6x1.000.000=6.000.000 knots totally.

Finishing time of the carpet is determined by:

  • • The number of days the weaver takes off each week/month,
  • • How many hours woven each day,
  • • Duration of the breaks,
  • • Experience and speed of the weaver.


All in all, weaving a carpet requires experience, talent and lots of patience.