Some families bond over golf, others bond over food, but my family? We bond over the art of fine rug creation, a tradition that’s been in my family for generations. A couple weeks ago I took a trip to Turkey with my wife and son. Raising six kids has prevented me from traveling much, so this was one of my first vacations out of the country.
Turkey was beautiful. One of the more memorable experiences I had was the opportunity to visit the Turkmen Rug Weaving Center. In the following pictures, you’ll see the intricate process and artistry it takes to create that rug that lies beneath your feet.
This licensed rug-weaving center is a trade school for aspiring rug weavers, a resource for the women in the community to keep alive their vibrant traditions. It teaches local girls where to obtain natural dyes and apply them to yarn, the art of drawing traditional rug designs (as well as contemporary) to use as blue prints for their weaving, and how to care for the precious material that silk worms create.
My family and I were in awe at the detail and time it takes to create a masterpiece, and it was a joy to see the girls in their element. The greatest aspect of the Turkmen Rug Weaving Center was the relationship they had with their customers. They openly invite groups of guests to tour their facility, holding one-on-one lectures explaining the material, dyes, symbols and patterns in every rug they unroll.
It was refreshing to come across people that were just as passionate about this art as we were. Here are some illustrations that will take you along on this trip. If you have a similar story, interesting comments or questions, please feel free to send them my way. We are always looking for great rug content and conversation!