Securing the Base of a Persian Rug

Once the warps are added and the shed & heddle sticks are set up, to continue making a strong foundation for the rug, you must properly secure the base.

Next, sticks are added on the bottom of the warps to provide a stable foundation to weave the rug. Note that they each pass alternatively under the right and left warps serving as a locking mechanism.

Note: Flat sticks, the width of a ruler may be used on larger rugs.

Note: For demonstration purposes, in some pictures I will use white and blue colored warp yarns to represent the right and the left warps, respectively. This is intended to help viewers recognize each knot is tied on two warp strings.

We run one weft strand across, followed by two rows of double knots which will keep the rug secured when completed.

Video:

If you are curious to learn more, my eBook The Art of Oriental Rugs – A Weaver’s Perspective shows you: 1) how to identify a weave** and how different techniques produce “recognizable” variations in different regions, 2) maps with geographical views of where rugs are woven in the country of Iran and how the regional weaves influence each other, and 3) 750+ close-up pictures of weaves from 170+ rug-weaving regions in Iran and around the globe. This, I humbly hope, will be seen as an indispensable addition to any library.

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Securing the Base of a Persian Rug

To continue making a strong foundation for the rug, you must properly secure the base.

Next, sticks are added on the bottom of the warps to provide a stable foundation to weave the rug. Note that they each pass alternatively under the right and left warps serving as a locking mechanism.

Note: Flat sticks, the width of a ruler may be used on larger rugs.

Note: For demonstration purposes, in some pictures I will use white and blue colored warp yarns to represent the right and the left warps, respectively. This is intended to help viewers recognize each knot is tied on two warp strings.

We run one weft strand across, followed by two rows of double knots which will keep the rug secured when completed.

Video:

If you are curious to learn more, my eBook The Art of Oriental Rugs – A Weaver’s Perspective shows you: 1) how to identify a weave** and how different techniques produce “recognizable” variations in different regions, 2) maps with geographical views of where rugs are woven in the country of Iran and how the regional weaves influence each other, and 3) 750+ close-up pictures of weaves from 170+ rug-weaving regions in Iran and around the globe. This, I humbly hope, will be seen as an indispensable addition to any library.

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