Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Life in Tufts and Knots

Traditional Kilm Weaving
The term "carpet" derives from Old Italian carpita, "carpire" meaning to pluck, and the term ‘carpet’ is used interchangeably with the term "rug." But, they are not the same thing. Historically the word was also used for table and wall coverings, as carpets were not commonly used on the floor in European interiors until the 18th century.
The history of carpet weaving goes back to ancient times and now it has become a flourished industry. There are various trends now, and carpets from different countries are unique in their own pattern. Every country has its own tradition of carpet weaving which reflects its culture and norms.
Spinning the yarn
India is one of the countries where carpet weaving has a history dating back to the Mughal era. Another important aspect of Indian carpets is that materials like, yarn, cotton, jute, bamboo and silk are used in the manufacturing process. The carpet industry in India is scattered across different states and each state has its unique tradition of weaving.
Manually sorting the raw wool
At Raj Overseas, techniques like wool sorting, yarn spinning and carpet weaving are still done using the ancient traditional techniques and modern technology is parallely used to maintain high end quality.  

While life is often in tufts and knots, this one is particularly enjoyable. 

Finished carpet

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