Posts Tagged ‘elegance’

The Current Online Catalogue: Hereke silken rugs

May 1, 2011

I just uploaded the current online catalogue of fine and finest Hereke silken rugs, which are available at Hereke Carpets – the safe place to buy your genuine Hereke rug or carpet at a fair price.

Come back often as it will be changed regularly.

Enjoy the tradition, beauty, luxury and elegance of turkish hand-knotting art without any regret.

I deliver more than one million Turkish double knots per square meter.


More than a school in Nairobi’s slums

May 18, 2010

How we all together create our better future

In my blog “The Ecademy-Connection” I wrote about the way to the beautiful co-operation with Artkids.

Tamara Voorn’s and Hans Anneveld’s Artkids launched together with Roger Molera’s “Wings of Mercy” the Kenyan Project.

Oilpainting after a drawing of a Child: Village

The aim of this project is to help Kenyan childs living in the slums of Nairobi to understand that they for theirselves by having fun and joy are able to change their living circumstances and to build their better future through their creativity:

The drawings of the childs inspire Tamara Voorn to the wonderful oil paintings of the Kenyan Project. From the  profit of each sold painting goes a part into the shool project of Roger Molera’s “Wings of Mercy” who uses the money to purchase school utensils for the childs or to pay the teachers.

“Wings of Mercy” writes on their website:

“The people we are working with do not want handouts or quick fixes. They do not want to be charity cases and pitied. They have goals and dreams and aspirations for their children and just need some help in getting started. A small amount of money can enable someone to start their own business and therefore provide the means to move out of poeverty and towards better health.”

Together we want to build a whole school:

While “Wings of Mercy” co-ordinates and leads the project, the childs participate with their drawings, Artkids turns them into oil paintings, Hereke Carpets turns them into genuine Herek silken Carpets. Artkids as well as Hereke Carpets give a part of the profit into the Nariobi Slums School project.

Kenyan pupils of the Kenyan Project

You, our customer, receive an unique artwork, what you will enjoy for your whole life and which will be enjoyed even by your grandchilds and in this way you have helped childs in Nairobi very direct to get a good education, what helps them to come out of the Slums. The childs have not the feeling to get an handout, they feel being respected and estimated – and they learn that they with their creativity and beauty made this possible.

"Farmer's woman" - the original drawing of a child in Nairobi

The oil painting "Farmer's woman" after the drawing

What do you think, for these childs could be impossible in their life after this experience in their childhood?

genuine Hereke silken rug after an oil painting: Still Life

For your understanding: By purchasing one Hereke silken Carpet after a drawing of Artkids’ Kenyan Gallery you have financed a school desk for the childs, who created the drawings. In this way, we all together: The Childs in Nairobi, “Wings of Mercy” in Nairobi, Kenya, Artkids in Netherlands, Hereke Carpets in Germany and you, our international customers, together build a school in Nairobi.

I deeply believe that we all together achieve it.

Our co-operation, which leads to the better future for Nairobi's childs

We need you, our customer, to reach the goal to build a school in Nairobi’s slums.

Pupils in a school in Nairobi's slums

I’m very proud and grateful that “Wings of Mercy” and Artkids allow me – and you – to participate in this way to create our all better future.

Because Artkids is involved in many other projects to help childs, from all other Hereke silken Carpets knotted after Artkids’ paintings goes a part of the profit in one of these projects.

Luxury and Elegance – only by child’s hand?

July 3, 2009

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.

Turkish double (Gordian) knot(copyright: Dania Calderin, all rights reserved)

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.

Persian Single (Senneh) Knot (copyright: Dania Calderin, all rights reserved)

Djufti KnotFinally the Djufti knot is a modification of the asymmetric knot, but even simpler and faster to knot. Here the knot will be entwined arround only two, sometime three or even more warp threads.

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.

Hereke Silk Carpet_Mihrab_Nazar Boncuk

This Hereke silken Carpet shows with its Mihrab the detail and colour rich hand knotting art of the master knotter in Hereke. (picture copyright: – 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.

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