Behind the Scenes

A Collage from My Travels

This is a collage of pictures of the various people in the rug-making world, their environment, and the various stages of rug making. Most of the photos I took during my numerous trips across the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

 

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Washing

The traditional Iranian method of washing rugs and carpets fresh off the loom is to take them to the local river. Here it seems to

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More drying

Note: never have your handmade rug dry cleaned, this removed the lanolin in the wool which shortens its life.

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Some happy monks

In my many trips and time with the Tibetan in India, Nepal, and Tibet I never saw anger or sadness with any of the monks.

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Making Tibetan tea

Traditionally, it is made from special tea leaves, yak butter, water, and salt. Since butter is the main ingredient, butter tea provides plenty of caloric energy and is particularly suited to

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Women with small child

The prayer wheels they are holding is a hollow cylinder containing many hand-written prayers on a roll of rice paper mounted on a handle. When

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A Tibetan Refugee and I

I met this Tibetan Refugee in India. He escaped the Chinese invasion of Tibet with the rugs pictured. I purchased these two rugs from him

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