Oversized rugs are classified as carpets longer than 6 meters (20 feet) in width or length. Producing these carpets requires experience and is extremely difficult. The details in the designs are the sophistication of the traditional and modern symbols and colors in the patterns that adorn the designs. The perfect harmony of patterns and colors in carpets created with hundreds of thousands of knots is the result of passion and handwork. Our oversize carpets are woven in one piece on the world's largest weaving looms, completely adhering to traditional methods, in natural ways. Today, as in the past, oversize rugs are produced as a result of special orders, which usually decorate the homes or places of wealthy individuals and families, or as a symbol of reputation in museums, palaces, churches, hotels and similar areas. These are magnificent monumental rugs and a must-have for large spaces.
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Weaving unique oversized rugs adorning palaces, epic mansions and stunning architecture, immortalizing the places they belong to and taking their place in history is a difficult art that is possible only with passion. Oversize oriental and modern rugs are valuable not only for their size, but also for their stories, patterns, being natural, and of course creating a bridge between the past (traditional) and the future (modern).
Another thing that makes them so special is the craftsmanship.Producing Oversized Rugs is the most delicate and hard work in the world. In our article, we will share hard-to-believe numbers and examples with you. Keeping this art alive is a priceless feeling.
You may be looking for oversized antique rugs with a modern feel. We invite you to consider traditional and antique rugs that provide just that. These traditional and antique rugs fit well into modern spaces. Its unique and rare geometric patterned carpets come to life today with original ideas, and the past is kept alive in a dazzling way.
There is no limit to imagination, and we make your dreams come true with 100% natural materials and colors, with passion and completely adhering to traditional carpet weaving techniques.
We tell you how we do it and what it is to produce oversized rugs in numbers and cases. Below is "Why is oversized Rugs a Masterpiece?" You will find answers to the question that you may not have heard before and that you cannot believe, and you will think about the subject a little more.
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Photo: Weaving loom and craftsmanship, Ararat Studios
Very special looms are needed to produce such oversized rugs. These are one piece and specially designed, produced and included in the inventory. Another important detail is that the area where weaving will be made is wide enough and that it receives light and air.
The durability of the weaving loom, its inability to stretch or deform during weaving directly affect the quality of the produced oversize rug. Ararat Rugs is capable of producing oversize rugs of 100 square meters and over. This means that the carpet has a side length of at least 10 meters (33 feet). The weaving area and the studio have been specially designed for the process of removing the carpet, which has been produced on the loom, and moving it for other operations. Imagine that an oversized carpet is produced and trapped within the weaving area. For this reason, you need to consider all the engineering details for the production of oversize rugs.
Warping a Loom
Before you start weaving a carpet, you need to warping the loom in accordance with the order and design. This process, which is very important, is vital for oversized carpets. These procedures are only done by those with expertise and can sometimes take weeks.
Warping a loom directly affects the quality and durability of the carpet. It is essential that the threads are sufficiently stretched, that they do not deteriorate during weaving, and that the processes are carried out using the right material. These processes are done by the people who prepare the loom.
We would like to give you a simple example. For example, in order to start the production of a 45 square meter carpet, you need to prepare the loom and complete the warping a loom processes. Unbelievable, but for this warping a loom process, you need to use about 55 kilometers of rope and complete them in a certain order without any errors.
Photo: Wraping Loom, Ararat Rugs
Photo: Specially designed dusting tool, Ararat Rugs
The weaving process of a 50 square meter carpet takes approximately 250-300 days depending on the weather conditions. As explained here, your loom, your weaving area is the first hard part of the job.
Another important step in finishing processes is washing processes. Why is it so important? Think about it, a 50 square meter carpet weighs about 100-120 kg. It is a fact that you need a very special area for demolition operations. When you wash this rug, the weight will increase 8 to 10 times. The new weight of the carpet waiting to dry will be more than 1000 kilograms (more than 1 ton). You will also need space to dry the carpet with natural methods. You need to have the right plan, team and equipment to carry your order of such an overized carpet and deliver it to your customer as promised.
As with all carpets, finishing processes are applied for oversized rugs as well. For Oversized Rugs, these processes are possible with a very special team, equipment and experience.
For dusting processes, we use mechanisms made of natural materials that we have developed entirely ourselves. In these operations, it also adjusts the brightness of the natural material (wool) ideally.
Natural wool is a non-combustible material. We obtain the colors from nature without using any chemical materials and burn them to give the carpet its final shape within the finishing processes of a carpet. This may sound crazy, but you need a very large and well-controlled area to be able to do these operations with a flamethrower. For oversized rugs, these processes are carried out by experts who are experienced in the burning process.
Photo: Burning process, Ararat Rugs
Shave, Streching, Weeding
Oversized Rugs are made by passionate professionals. Your order of oversized rugs is produced in approximately one year, depending on the size, completely using traditional methods, including antique or modern designs. You have to think about everything and this job is absolutely no mistake.
The steps involved in finishing processes such as Shave, Stretching and Weeding are also made by human hands, using natural methods as promised in very special courses.
Throughout history, large carpet weaving workshops were attached to palaces or government offices. As a matter of fact, states were constantly weaving carpets for new palaces, new mosques and gifts to other countries palaces vs. Among the known ones were Seljuk, Mamluk, Safavi, Mugal and Ottoman workshops. These workshops did not have any cost concerns.
At the end of the 19th century, workshops producing carpets for the European and American markets were established in the northwestern regions of Iran, first in Tabriz, then in Heriz by reducing the cost and quality.
In the same way, high quality carpets were woven in northern regions such as Lahore in India, but for the same cost reasons, the quality was reduced and woven in the Dukan region.
With the rise in labor prices, even China began to be no longer preferred. Unfortunately, there is no place left to produce carpets except India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In Turkey, the situation is no different. In the last 10 years, production has almost stopped. But the quality of weaving in Turkey is not up for debate.
We solved this problem by eliminating the middlemen and direct customer sales. No matter how much the cost increases, it will not be higher than the share of the middlemen.
Along with the change in the economic conjuncture and the understanding of management throughout the world, states and private enterprises abandoned this art due to the increase in costs and the acceleration of industrialization. As we declared at the beginning, Ararat Rugs is passionate about this art. Today, with its 40 years of experience and approximately 400 weaving artists (masters), it continues on its way without compromising on quality and traditional methods. Ararat Rugs is committed to keeping this art alive and never surrendering to the industry, and therefore not exceeding its target of 1,000 weaving artists (masters).