Thursday, March 24, 2016

Turkish carpets

No visit to Turkey is complete without the stop at a carpet workshop and showroom. We are always amazed by the workmanship of the women double knotting the carpets with wool or silk.
Many months go into making a large carpet and there are a staggering number of knots per square inch. If silk is used there are more knots than the coarser wool threads.
Vats of natural dyes were in another area to show the plants and mordants used. I loved the handle on these pots.
 And tea and carpet viewing round out the experience. The rug below is woven then embroidered with front and back views in the photo.

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