Can you imagine intriguing elements from previous millennia that are upcycled to beautifully crafted handmade, traditional rugs? Such handiwork exists in the form of a patchwork rug.
Inspired by Anatolian culture, patchwork rugs are created in Turkey, a region that’s best known for its world class floor coverings. These handmade rugs are stitched together from different pieces with the idea of reinventing vintage or antique carpets. The result is a unique work of art.
The weaving of handmade patchwork rugs goes back hundreds if not thousands of years in Turkey. Some of the different categories include:
Overdyed patchwork rugs undergo an intricate process because they are dyed twice. The first time, the entire rug is dyed. The second time a wash of dye is placed over the design which incorporates floral or geometric patterns.
This practice originated in Istanbul, and skilled artisans have continued this craftsmanship ever since. Basically, they’ve built on the tradition of oriental handmade rugs which usually employs bright colors. Another perk to this traditional rug is the fact that the material is hand knotted which makes it extra durable.
Kilim patchwork rugs are easily recognizable because of their distinctive flat weave knotting style which gives it a truly rustic look. Most vintage Kilim rugs range between 35 and 60 years old. Nonetheless, their strong cotton backing lends to long-lasting durability.
Kilim rugs are woven from goat hair and cotton which provides a unique look and texture. They are very versatile for any style of home and will enhance the decor of just about any room.
Caput rugs are characterized by their well-defined stripes. Like all traditional patchwork rugs, talented artisans fabricate them by hand while incorporating meaningful, symbolic details. These rugs consist of cotton, goat hair, and wool which gives it a very natural and soft texture that’ll you’ll love to sink your toes into. The color scheme for Caput rugs combines different pastels but can also include vibrant colors.
Derived from one of the most fibrous plants, a hemp patchwork rug is not only eco-friendly but also lasts a long time. Hemp patchwork rugs are one of the most versatile options of floor coverings that you can find considering their sturdiness and versatility. However, the differences compared to other patchwork rugs, in color and tone, are more subtle, but the dyes still provide a deep richness to the overall color scheme.
In the first step, the weaver collects various pieces of different rugs—hence the name. Secondly, the weaver places the pieces together to determine the ideal pattern. This part takes great skill since the weaver will need to figure out which patterns and styles would coordinate to achieve the overall composition he or she would like to create.
Next, the weaver will measure and cut the rug samples in the event smaller pieces would contribute to the desired aesthetic. From there, the artisan applies a freight block to prevent any loose threads from unraveling. After that, the weaver attaches the pieces together using a yarn needle. All pieces are then whip stitched together, and at the end, the weaver double knots the yarn and creates a stitch that joins the edges of the pieces together to where they touch.
The yarn color is usually neutral so as with any of the other pieces and of course to keep the stitching as close and as secure as possible. For this reason, when you look at the rug from the front, you can’t see the stitching.
The process culminates into a unique stylish patchwork rug that resembles no other.