Traditional Tibetan Carpet Making Process

Traditional Tibetan Carpet Making Process

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making is a craft. and craft.  are traditionally made from Tibetan highland sheep’s wool, called changpel.

Tibetans use carpet for many purposes ranging from flooring to wall hanging to horse saddles, though the most common use is as a seating carpet.

The knotting method used in Tibetan carpet making is different from that used in other carpet-making traditions worldwide.

All the carpets are made of organic materials and all the carpets are hand-made. The vegetable Dyes used to make carpest are tea leaves, Barberry plant, rumex leaf, myrobalan nut, madder root, indigo rock etc.

Vegetable-Dyes-used-in-Tibetan-Carpet

Vegetable-Dyes-used-in-Tibetan-Carpet

Steps involved in Tibetan Carpet Making Process

There are several steps involved in Tibetan carpet making process. Carpet is traditional occupation of people which started many years ago.

There is no exact information about its origin but Himalayan people love to do handcrafting which makes this tradition . The handcrafting tradition is passion of Himalayan people.

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The several steps involved in Carpet making process is explained below:

Wool Herding

Tibetan sheep wool comes in the form of raw wool. Pure white wool and other impurities are separated to get the best white wool which is hand washed in spring .

Wool Herding Process

Wool Herding Process

 

Carding

Carding is the process of combing and cleaning the wool. Since wool is the basic raw material for carpet making, it should be fine and clean.

Carding Process

Carding Process

In an effective carding, no fiber is intermingled with another and all foreign particles and dirt are removed. This helps in spinning, blending and wool mixing if necessary. Nowadays, carding is also done using machines.

Spinning

After carding, the wool fibers are drawn and twisted to make yarns of desired thickness. This process is called spinning.

 

The yarn of soft 5-7 twist per inch is said to be ideal for carpets. Spinning is a traditional skill of Tibetan people so generally wool is spun by hands. Hand spinning brings the best yarn for Tibetan carpets for its elasticity and strength.

Dyeing

dyeing and coloring the wools

Dyeing and coloring the wools

The wool can be dyed either using vegetable dyes or synthetic ones since both have a good and adverse effect. Using natural dyes is more complicated and the colors obtained is not that brilliant, but it promotes special textures of carpets.

In another hand, synthetic dyes give bright colors with various shades easily, which is not possible in natural dyes. So that commonly azo-free chemical dyes are used. The natural dyes are also used as per clients demand.

Weaving

Weaving process

Weaving process

The entire weaving work is carried out by hand with the traditional Tibetan knotting system on a vertical loom. It is a creative task, which is performed by three or four weavers according to the size of the carpet. Carpet weaving is done with the help of yarn balls, scissors, iron-rod, levers, comb beater, etc.

Trimming

Carpet trimming-process

Carpet trimming-process

 

The sharp design & pattern is carved out by scissors from the woven carpet. It is a very delicate process because one false cut can ruin the whole carpet.

Washing

After a carpet is trimmed it is then washed with fresh water using household chemicals to keep free of germs, remove dirt and restore the original shine of the wool. The carpet is then dried out in the for 4-5 days.

Stretching

After washing and drying, the carpets are stretched from all four sides using metal frames and hooks. It helps in maintaining the perfect square shape of the carpet.

Final Finishing

The carpet should be trimmed again to remove unusual yarn. After vacuum cleaning, it is packed with environment-friendly packing materials. Now the carpet is ready to be shipped.

Packing

Finally, the carpet is packed with the environment-friendly packing material after which the carpet is ready for export.

 

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