Hand tools

There are many different tools used when manufacturing a carpet. Besides the already mentioned looms there are also some smaller tools that are used.

Comb - usually made of wood and metal. It is used to pack together the knots and the weft in the rows after every row in the carpet has been tied.

The comb is beaten up and down along the warp in order to secure the knots.

This kind of comb is made entirely of metal, is used in finer and more closely tied carpets, for example Isfahan and Nain.

Scissors - specially made in metal. It is used for cutting the pile on the carpet after one or more rows have been tied.

Knife with a hook - in reality this knife has two functions. It is partly used to hook onto the yarn between the warp threads with the small hook and also to cut the yarn afterwards.

Spindle - used when spinning wool by hand. It usually consists of a rod and an attached trundle which stabilizes the weight when the tool is spinning. When rotating the wool it is twined into yarn.

Brush - a very simple tool consisting of small metalspikes attached to a soft bedding. It is used to brush the wool and the threads when repairing and when manufacturing the carpet.

Design plate - when manufacturing workshop carpets the pattern is drawn on a squared sheet where every square corresponds to one single knot. The weaver follows this design plate as a guidline, both for the colouring and the layout of the carpet. By using a design plate you achieve a more exact carpet. Sometimes this is also used in some villages where finer carpets are made. The design plates are also called talim.

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