We came across an article on the internet regarding Hand Knotted Rugs and carpets being woven in Japan! Click on the image below to see a very interesting interview done by Takafumi Suzuki with translation by Claire Tanaka.
*photo as seen on http://make.pingmag.jp/2008/10/07/oriental/
According to the article, Ken Okuyama is now Fifth Generation in the Oriental Rug Business. However, he didn't start out this way: Prior to working at Oriental Carpet Mills, he was a designer for Ferrari! There are some very interesting images provided in this article regarding this particular weaver in Japan. Absolutely worth the read. Designs are fresh, carefully executed and bursting with color.
Japan once produced a fair amount of oriental rugs for export in the 1950's through the 1960's. Today, however, Japanese Carpets are fairly uncommon to find in your Local Rug Showroom. Traditional characteristics for Japanese Carpets: They often feature a thick heavy pile, of sturdy construction, and have carved floral patterns.