Craftmanship

History

 

Carpet is named for embossed surfaces which are formed by cutting a certain height of pattern yarn by passing weft yarn and compressing between them, knotting differently with a separate pattern yarn on warp yarns. Although various discussions about the origin of the carpet, generally accepted thought is that Turkey and Central Asian origin. Nomadic people living in the area, wove rugs from the wool of animals they raise, to protect themselves from harsh climatic conditions. The migration of Turks from Central Asia to Anatolia, the carpet has continued to spread around the world and be the major use objects until today. The emergence of patchwork carpets dated back to older times. Some remains underlying the patchwork of ancient Egypt and China were found. However, they were mostly clothes and dresses that appeal to everyday use. We see that in ancient times of Anatolia, patchwork was called “patchwork”. This entire object created by the merger of the old parts were getting ready to use after a few operations. In the 20th century, patchwork carpets has now an art field and become a product of popular culture.

 

Raw Material

 

Raw materials of the carpet were usually wool, silk, cotton and mohair. Knotting ropes were made of wool and silk or a combination of both. In others, more warp and weft ropes were used. The raw materials used in patchwork carpets are wool and cotton. Therefore the best wool and cotton is preferred from all around the world, especially from Anatolia. Generally for patchwork carpets, top quality carpet type, “Isparta scheme carpets” are used. These carpets’ raw material is a blend of wool and cotton. Their warp and weft cotton, woven loops on their surface is wool.

 

How Is It Made?

 

Production of patchwork carpets, firstly starts with collecting old carpets. These collected old carpets are shaved to reduce their height and their natural color is canceled out in certain processes in special boilers. During this process especially in dark colored carpets colors and patterns can be completely disappeared. According to buyer's request, they are put to merging process with different colors. Before sewing, overlock process is applied to all around of the patches to be durable and not to be detached. For the process of joining the patches together, a procedure called "spaced-stitching system" is applied to connect each corrected edged- part. Finally, the frames around the patches are corrected and to balance the remaining portions of the backside "shepherd stitch" the rotation operation is performed. And Patchwork Carpet ready.

 

Sizes and Colors

 

Sizes generally accepted in the patchwork carpet is usually 40x20 or 40x40. Optionally it is sometimes manufactured in different sizes as 20x20. In original dark colors like navy blue, black carpets, discoloration can occur during the aging process in boilers. Therefore, wearing and tearing occurs on old patterns and colors. However, the color of the light-colored carpets may not be completely vanished in this process. Optionally ordered patchwork carpets, can be formed in any optional color and size.

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