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Exploring the Hard Information about Weaving Oriental Rugs: Myth Vs. Fact

Myth: "The smaller the knot, the smaller the fingers must be to produce the finest weaving.  Therefore, only children can make the finest rugs."

Fact: The art of oriental rug making is the livelihood for many generations within rug producing countries.  In order to maintain age old tradition, information is passed down from parent to offspring.  While children may be taught at a young age to weave, the mere idea that a child could develop the necessary expertise to weave a "master weaving" or even acquire the skill to perform the most astonishingly small knots is nothing short of absurd.  In fact we have personally witnessed that only the most experienced, and older weavers have the capacity to fully understand weaving execution, skilled knot placement, and the finest of weaving technique.

Myth: "Weaving rugs inevitably will cause an individual to go blind."

Fact:  In rug producing countries, many years ago, there may have been environmental factors which could have contributed to decreased eyesight, or also just as likely, improper diagnosis.  This is to say rug weaving may not have been the sole contributor to "early retirement." 

Many years ago, weavers would create rugs within the confines of dimly lit huts which could have potentially affected vision.  However, to impair vision to the point of blindness is not what one would consider a reality.  Consider going to a weaving city many years ago, and seeing an elderly man who is called "blind" by other weavers.  While he may have diminished eyesight, weigh the facts.  He/she can no longer weave rugs, which renders him as a out-of-work weaver:  If this is the livelihood of a tribe, so to them he is "as good as blind."  All this, and consider the lack of opthamologists.  The "retired" weaver could simply need glasses!

Keep in mind, many weaving families would have far less amenities than we have here in the West.  Take for example other environmental factors such as availability of clean food and water, of which full nutrition and balanced meals were not necessarily understood by locals.  As technology and more secure and greater variety of foods and clean water resources made their ways to homes and weaving cities conditions have since vastly improved.



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