When you spot a hand-made product don’t you feel that your perception changes? You pause momentarily. You are curious and you take a second look. You want to touch it. You wonder what and who is behind the hand-made creation.
You begin to feel.
You don’t feel the same way about plastic cups, smartphones or light bulbs (and if you do you probably shouldn’t ;)). The list goes on. Everywhere you look these days you spot a recycled or disposable product, which its convenience is not only cheap but short-lived.
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Conversely, one of the most beautiful and endured hand-made processes I’ve heard of, read about, lived with and working at, is the craft of rug making –
The hand-knotted rugs and carpets.
As a little girl I remember my mother’s hand-knotted Persian carpets. She owned quite many. They covered her floors you could barely see the stone tiles underneath them. These hand-made rugs were absolutely beautiful, works of art.
I’ve always admired how well she kept them.
Being the only sibling who helped my mother take care of them and it wasn’t an easy task, I remember those days very vividly.
I learned that these hand-made rugs were one of her most precious possessions and that we should not “eat or drink on them, walk on with shoes or play on them”, and if god forbid a crumb was found we should “remove it immediately”, because “they are made by hand and expensive”.
I did not always agree with her rules.
But hey I was a kid, what did I know. My mother knew her rugs very well and she loved her collection.
Little did I know that helping my mother taking care of her rugs would change my perception to the extent that I will teach my own daughters, who own almost every possible electronic gadget, about the passion and admiration I feel towards the craft process and history of hand-made rugs, or any other hand-made item for that matter. Something you will not find in any disposable or machine-made product.
The ancient traditional process and modern aesthetics of a hand-knotted rugs found their way into modern spaces pretty quickly,
and using conscious practices the hand-knotted rugs’ popularity only seem to rise more than ever before. Why? because there will always be cravings to get back to basics –
we all love the beauty of hand-made.
And because hand-knotted rugs are Eco-friendly using age-old weaving method done purely by hand.
Their craftsmanship and quality are higher and last for a very long time, longer then you will ever live. Yup. You heard it right.