The mirror effect
Balance is commonly obtained by symmetry. In the case of traditional carpets it is common to find “the mirror effect”. The mirror effect means that if we would fold the carpet in the middle, it’s design would be identical on both sides. In certain cases however, although the pattern may appear to be similar, this is not respected and each side looks slightly different to the other.
The weaver’s personal touch
In most cases, nomadic weavers weave from memory. The knotting process of a carpet may take well over a few months to complete and during this process a weaver might have to set this task aside for other more urgent matters. It is not uncommon that a weaver leaves a carpet untouched for a longer period of time and when work is finally resumed, the weaver might very well have made changes to the initial pattern he had in mind when he first started out.
Size and shape
An otherwise perfectly symmetrical and evenly colored Persian carpet can sometimes have an uneven and asymmetrical shape. The most common reason for this is that the weaver has tied the threads in the loom with unnoticed variations in strength. Before the carpet is completed, the weaver can change the strength and the type of loom used for the weaving which will have an impact on the shape and measurements of the finished carpet. A variation of up to 7-8 cm is considered acceptable in a handmade carpet.
Pile cut unevenly
One of the last stages in the production of a carpet is the polishing. It is at this point that the pile of the carpet is trimmed to the length desired by the weaver. Since this is normally done by hand, it is very difficult to achieve an even cut in the whole pile and some areas might end up with a slightly longer pile than others.
What some people might consider as an error, a default or a flaw in a handmade carpet may on the contrary actually increase it’s value and add to it’s charm. An imperfection can help make your carpet a perfect ”one of a kind” work of art, to be admired for many years to come.
Picture 1. One of our collectible pieces, Kerman carpet, dates back to approximately the 1950's
Picture 2. Beautiful Lori carpet with visible abrash
Picture 3. Kayseri Patina carpet with a pile cut unevenly