Today I am going to teach you how knot carpets are made. The first thing you do to make a knot carpets is think of a pattern then draw it out. The paper that they draw it out on has little squares where you mark what color is going to be on that part of the carpet and it becomes your plan. Once the maker is finished laying out the pattern in a plan and getting the silk dyed in the needed colors then he sits down and starts working on a big carpet loom. Carpets can be made many ways but the carpet that I am telling you how to make is 100% hand made and 100% silk. You make these carpets by twisting, not just knotting the colored silk. One cool thing about the carpet is that because it is twisted when you put it facing one side it is one color then when you turn it around it changes color. You make the twists on strings of silk that laced into the strings of the loom then cut them off after they are secured by a twisted knot. The maker just keeps on making twists til he his done. Sometimes this takes over a year! Once he is done making the carpet he trims the front side of the carpet with scissors so all the twists are the same length. There is a bunch of fuzz that comes off when he does this. Can you imagine if he makes a mistake after a year of working on a carpet and cuts into the carpet too deep?! Actually, if he does he can sort of easily fix it because every knot is a separate thing. Then the carpet man flips the carpet so the back is facing up and they put fire over it to make sure that only silk is there and any other things like lint get burned away. After the burning they soak the carpet in water then let it dry in the sun. That is how you make a 100% silk and 100% handmade carpet. We bought a carpet in Delhi that was made just like I told you above. We figured out that the carpet was perfect for us when we had to sit on it and play for an hour. Thank you and please comment.
Gran Gautney Hi Captain, I always enjoyed your blog but I especially liked this one!! What a treasure to own something in which so much time, energy and care was put!! The only thing that I do not understand is this: Silk is not usually a fabric that is amenable to water. So....how do you keep such a carpet clean that is literally "under foot"? I love carpets so I am fascinated by the artistry involved...like painting a picture on canvas!! Love you much, Gran
Aunt DeeAnn Hi there O! Thanks for the lesson -- I just love unique carpets, so this was a very interesting read. You answered many questions that I had always wondered about. We love you and are so happy that you are having such an exciting time. We can't wait to see you. XOXOXO Aunt DeeAnn
Paige Hello O! I loved reading about how to make the carpet. They sound very beautiful. I am glad you bought a beautiful carpet so I can see it. I can't believe that some can take over a year to make. Miss you xx