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Tibetan Rugs: The Beauty and the Tradition

Mar 11, 2015
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People all over the world use rugs, which are also known as carpets. Rugs in general have the practical use of insulating a home from cold floors, it also adds to the beauty of the home and makes it feel cozy and comfortable. People buy them to make their home feel more welcome, and a well made rug can certainly impact someone's social status.

Though rugs are made in every country all over the world, and all of them have some form of tradition or other, no other rug has a richer history than a Tibetan Rug. Tibetan Rug making is an ancient, traditional craft. They are generally made from a Tibetan highland sheep wool, called changpel.

Carpet, or rug making business in Tibet stretches back to hundreds, if not thousands, of years. The first detailed accounts of Tibetan rugs came from foreigners in the early 20th century. The weaving workshops were described as “a courtyard filled with the weaving looms of both men and women workers" making rugs which were described as "beautiful things".

These days, the beautifully handcrafted rugs are mostly catered to local, national as well as international customers. Government-sponsored workshops, as well as privately held ones, are reviving the business, as well as trying to keep this beautiful tradition alive, because these carpets are nothing less than works of art.


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