We often get questions about production chains and fair working conditions.In order to give you an answer to this, you need to understand how rugs are made and traded in Iran. Most of the rugs are made for the weavers own use. It’s mostly women who weave these rugs and in general they do it in their homes. They’re home weavers. So they don’t work for anybody except themselves. They are not employees but free artisans. Their home can be a nomadic tent, or a house in a village or a city.
Once a rug is finished the weaver decides if she wants to use it and sell it afterwards or if she wants to sell it immediately. And it’s up to her to decide what the appropriate price for her rug is. The Persian setup is a very sustainable setup because weavers decide when they want to work and what they want to create and for which price they want to sell. And all of this happens in the best surroundings that one can have. Their homes.
What I find fascinating about this century old process is that mostly the designer, weaver and user of the rug is the same person.
This is such an exceptional “manufacture chain” and it also explains the fact that Persian rugs are among the most beautiful and of highest quality. Of course! For yourself, you only create the best!
The art of rug weaving is a centuries-old craft that is not subject to strict production chains. It has developed it self through time and still today, is the same then centuries ago.
Every rug must be seen as a work of art and not as the result of a rigidly timed production chain. The Persian rug weavers are very proud people and they are also proud of their rugs. The handweaving process is as individual as the rugs and weavers themselves.
Here they sit on the part of the rug which is already done and thus sometimes through the weight of the weaver the rug stretches itself. That’s also why some of the tribal rugs might be crooked here and there. This is not a fault, it’s part of the authentic rug weaving process.
Another example is, that a rug weaver from a village might buy their wool at the nearest bazaar and weave the rug in their own house on a vertical loom. In bigger cities like Nain or Isfahan, the rug weaving has a great tradition and very fine rugs are knotted. Also here, all rugs are handmade but in contrast to women from villages and tribes, the weavers often use design templates for their rugs, instead of weaving from their own imagination.
As you can see, there’s not “one way” to create a rug or Kelim in Iran, but there are hundreds. And that’s what makes this so beautiful.
We consider ourselves very luck that these artists are selling us their masterpieces of art.