THE CRAFT OF WEAVING AN ARTS & CRAFTS CARPET
Our Arts & Crafts carpets are entirely handmade using centuries-old techniques. The whole process from design to finishing involves many different skilled workers and requires months to complete each and every rug. Each one is a unique piece of handmade art, whose minor variations denote the handiwork of the artists.
Every carpet is drawn to scale on graph paper with a grid the same as the knot density to be utilized. For example one square inch may have 10 horizontal and 10 vertical knots, equaling 100 knots per square inch (psi). Each size rug to be woven must be scaled separately and design elements may be modified as necessary for appearance. The color of each knot is painted onto the graph. The finished drawing is called a naksheh and is given to the weaver who places it onto the loom and reads it like sheet music.
Drawing the Carpet Design Graphic