Village carpets

Manufacturing of a village carpet in a Persian home.

A Persian home on the countryside contains only a few pieces of furniture and the carpets are the most important feature in a room. There is often a loom in one part of the house, where the women can be seen working on a carpet for their own use or to be sold to provide extra income for the household.

The knowledge of this handicraft is inherited. The weavers usually only have a simple sketch instead of an original and this allows them more freedom during their work. The rough yarn does not allow for any advanced patterns, but the wool, which is of good quality, is tied to give the carpet a long lifetime.

The carpets, not much bigger than dozar (200x140 cm) are often tied on a cotton warp with handspun wool from their own sheep, dyed with natural colours which have been collected by the weavers. The tradition and the feeling for the colours has been well preserved from earlier generations, usually from nomads or semi-nomads.

Larger carpets are woven outside in the villages.

The village carpets are often rustic, charming, easy to recognize and can be derived to the place of its origin such as Nahavand, Malayer, Tuiserkan. Another example of a typical village carpet is the Hamadan carpet.

An example of a beautiful handmade village carpet, a Nahavand.

Someone with a bit more space at home perhaps place a larger loom and then employ a few weavers that will knot carpets on demand. A local carpetdealer supplies the weavers with patterns and yarns. From time to time he inspects the work so that the carpet is perfect in all ways.

The finishing product tends to be more of a workshop carpet than a village carpet.

A larger carpet is often made by several persons.
When the sun shines the shade is needed to be able to work.
The wool is handspun in a traditional way.
A rustic carpet from a village somewhere in the Hamadan province.

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