As an Interior Architect, I deal a lot with carpets whether in residential or commercial projects.
It’s a world by itself. Several designs’ quality varies significantly which consequently changes the design’s prices. I always get asked: “What is the difference?!”
In this article, I will take you with me to Nepal, where magic happens.
“A CARPET GROWS VERY SLOWLY. ROW BY ROW, CENTIMETER BY CENTIMETER, THE PATTERN APPEARS LIKE A PAGE EMERGING FROM AN INKJET PRINTER. WHEN A HAND-MADE RUG BY JAN KATH IS CREATED, IT TAKES BETWEEN 100 AND 450 KNOTS TO COMPLETE EVERY 6.45 SQUARE CENTIMETERS, OR ONE SQUARE INCH.” Said Jan Kath
JAN KATH (BORN 1972) IS CREATING A COMPLETELY NEW PERSPECTIVE ON CARPETS. GUIDED BY A BOLD APPROACH IN HIS WORK, KATH, ORIGINALLY FROM BOCHUM, COMBINES CLASSICAL ELEMENTS OF ORIENTAL CARPETS WITH CONTEMPORARY, MINIMALIST DESIGN.
The process of making a wool rug begins when unprocessed wool is separated by hand to remove sticks and break up clumps
The wool is then spun into yarn. The yarn becomes twisted and strong enough to be sewn.
Step 2: Wash – Dye Yarn
Yarn is washed in a detergent bath, and then wrung out several times then washed again in clean water to remove all remnants of detergent.
Dyes are created using a very precise combination of colors to produce the exact desired hue.
The dye is heated to a near-boiling temperature for an amount of time, that is decided according to the type of dye and darkness desired. Once dyed, the yarn is sun-dried.
Step 4: Weave Rug
Hand knotting rugs, the weaver knots a continuous strand of yarn onto itself. A rug map is used to follow the design and color scheme of the rug.
Step 5: Wash Rug
The rug is laid on the ground and entirely washed and scraped of all remaining detergent, dirt and yarn particles with fresh water,
Step 6: Shave and Level Rug
This process also brings out the details of the weave and bold colors. Next, the design of the rug is defined using a steel spike to separate the pattern and colors.
Step 7: It’s Show Time
Above are some of Jan’s Kath collection that can be found in Iwan Maktabi in Beirut and Dubai. Erased Heritage, Lost Weave ,From Russia With Love, Space Crafted, Sliced.