Often I read or hear from our customers: “It’s true that such fine carpets, like your genuine Hereke silk Carpets can be created only by gently child’s hand?”
This question shows the risen sensibilty for that theme, but on the other hand also the lack of knowledge about the various techniques to produce an hand knotted carpet.
Oriental carpets are basically hand knotted with the symmetric (double, Turkish, Gordian) knot or the asymmetrical (simple, Persian, Senneh) knot.
The symmetric double Turkish knot is famous due to its stability. Carpets, which are hand knotted by these knots, therefore achieve their proverbial durability.
The asymetric simple Persian knot is for the manufacture of carpets more time and material saving. But the knot thread is not so closely linked to the warp thread.
This Dufti knot is used by childs foremost in India and Pakistan to knot carpets with a slow density of rarely more than 50.000 knots per m² (5 knots per cm²). These carpets are knotted seldom with more than two or three different colours – and without fail never of silk and even less completely of silk. The density of Persian carpets is counted with the help of a complicated method. (Unfortunately I found this information only in German)
No child in the world has the patience, the sleight of hand and calm, to knot a genuine Hereke silken Carpet with the double Turkish Knot, which has a knot density of at least 1,000,000 knots per m², that are 100 knots per cm² – and with up to 36 different colours.
This Hereke silken Carpet shows with its Mihrab the detail and colour rich hand knotting art of the master knotter in Hereke. (picture copyright: hereke-carpets.com – all rights reserved)
This work is so arduous that it is not allowed to no one of the Turkish master knotter – and only the best of them may knot a pure silk Hereke – to knot more than 30 minutes at once. Then they have to make break, to assure the high quality and perfection of the knotting and display of the patterns.
No child is able to afford that work. Who tells such stories, endamages (aware or unknowingly) the reputation of the art of hand knotting – and with it the reputation, the high craftmanship, the endurance and effort of the masters of hand knotting art, who mostly are women.