Handmade on Ground Looms

Every single step in the process of making a KUSINER carpets is done by hand. The wool comes from local Awassi sheep, herded by Bedouins or Palestinian farmes.  The women clean, dye and spin the wool in the weaving center in Lakiya. After the preparation of the wool, the wool is transported to the weavers' homes where the looms are. 

 Sarah cleaning and dyeing the wool

Sarah cleaning and dyeing the wool

 Wool hanging to dry

Wool hanging to dry

 Siham is sewing two strips of women material together in a seam,

Siham is sewing two strips of women material together in a seam,

 Ground loom. Only 1 meter wide, but up to six meters long. 

Ground loom. Only 1 meter wide, but up to six meters long. 

The loom is simple: a wooden stick balanced on two cans on the ground. Stretching up to 6 meters, but no than more 1 meter wide. The construction of the loom originates from when the Bedouins were nomads - the loom was easy to transport.

For wider carpets, two or three woven strips are sewn together. The seam itself becomes a decorative element in the carpets. 

Unlike other weaving methods, the warp consists of thick wool. The exact same wool as the carpet itself. This method makes the carpets double soft, rich and voluminous in their texture.

 Weaving on the ground loom

Weaving on the ground loom

 Aziza is skeining the wool

Aziza is skeining the wool