Persian rugs take time and dedication to weave, here we see an example of just part of the effort put in to weaving a rug:
The master weaver is working on his carefully constructed loom; you can see the bales of wool in different colours placed at the top of the loom near the design plates which are used to give a visual reminder of the desired pattern.
This close up of the master weaver's hands in action shows the effort that is spend on every knot in the rug. The knots are tied by hand then roughly cut before the next knot is tied. After a row is finished the weaver carefully cuts the loose threads across the row to the correct length. This master weaver is probably working at about 12 knots per minute (the normal speed for a weaver is around 8-10 knots per minute). It would take this weaver around 25minutes to knot one square inch of a very fine rug (300 knots). A 6' x 4' (3348 square inches or 1,004,400 knots) rug would take 1,395 hours to knot at this speed - which works out at 175 days based on an eight hour day. This does not include days off or the time taken to draw the cartoon and design plats, to sheppard, shear, spin and dye the wool, or to clean and cut the finished carpet. This explains why hand-knotted Persian rugs are such valuable and treasured pieces and why they are to be considered unique works of art.
Below is a video created by a rug trader in New York, we feel it explains the beauty and elegance of the Persian rug describing the care that is taken and the skill that is used when making these rugs. The video captures the passion, art and history of the Persian rug:
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