An Oriental Rug’s Design

One of the fundamental decisions in rug-making is what pattern to weave.

There are individuals whose only job is to design rugs, and they have the important responsibility of picking the right color combination to ensure a pleasing final product.
They use what is called a Cartoon to design the rug and help the weavers to stay on track once they begin to weave. Below is a sample cartoon, a variation of which was used to weave many of the sample pieces included in this eBook. Each square represents a hand-tied knot using two warp strings. Once the pattern has been designed, the next decision is how large to make the rug. The rug size may dictate the knots per square inch, as well as the size of the warp, weft and knot materials.
The pattern presented here includes 23 knots horizontally and vertically.

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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An Oriental Rug’s Design

One of the fundamental decisions in rug-making is what pattern to weave.

There are individuals whose only job is to design rugs, and they have the important responsibility of picking the right color combination to ensure a pleasing final product.
They use what is called a Cartoon to design the rug and help the weavers to stay on track once they begin to weave. Below is a sample cartoon, a variation of which was used to weave many of the sample pieces included in this eBook. Each square represents a hand-tied knot using two warp strings. Once the pattern has been designed, the next decision is how large to make the rug. The rug size may dictate the knots per square inch, as well as the size of the warp, weft and knot materials.
The pattern presented here includes 23 knots horizontally and vertically.

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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