Adding Wefts to a Persian Rug

Once the building a foundation is completed, adding in wefts are used as a transition from securing the rug to the first steps of the weaving process.

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 will begin the rug with several rows of wefts, alternating between the right (white) and left (blue) warps across (without tying any knots). After each row, the wefts are beaten down lightly with the comb. This will create a woven pattern effect called a kilim. It will help to decorate the piece, and it will also protect the knots from unraveling over the years.

Above, the weft was running under the WHITE warps, below, the wefts are now running under the BLUE warp. Followed by the packing using the comb tool.

After weaving several rows of wefts to complete the kilim, we are now ready to begin weaving the rug.

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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Adding Wefts to a Persian Rug

Adding in wefts are used as a transition from securing the rug to the first steps of the weaving process.

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 will begin the rug with several rows of wefts, alternating between the right (white) and left (blue) warps across (without tying any knots). After each row, the wefts are beaten down lightly with the comb. This will create a woven pattern effect called a kilim. It will help to decorate the piece, and it will also protect the knots from unraveling over the years.

Above, the weft was running under the WHITE warps, below, the wefts are now running under the BLUE warp. Followed by the packing using the comb tool.

After weaving several rows of wefts to complete the kilim, we are now ready to begin weaving the rug.

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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