Women in Van revive traditional carpet weaving
By Senol Bali
In a workshop in Van, Turkey, women are reviving traditional rug-weaving techniques. The rugs they produce are made with patterns and motifs from the Van and Hakkari regions, and each design has its meaning.
The women who worked in the workshop learned to weave rugs in the highlands and villages where they lived in the 90s. They use their skills to create rugs that are both beautiful and meaningful.
Some of the most popular rugs produced by the workshop include Gûlsarya, Lûleper, and Sînê. Gûlsarya rugs are known for their intricate patterns of flowers and leaves, while Lûleper rugs are named after a water lily that grows in Yüksekova. Sînê rugs are of Iranian origin and are characterized by their geometric patterns.
The women who work in the workshop say that carpet weaving is a labor-intensive process, but it is also a rewarding one. They are proud to keep this traditional art form alive and are happy that their rugs are in demand domestically and internationally.
The workshop is run by the Turkish Education Culture Social Service Foundation and is one of several workshops in Van dedicated to preserving traditional arts and crafts. The foundation provides training and support to the women and helps them market their products.
The women who work at the workshop say they are grateful for the opportunity to learn new skills and earn a living doing something they love. They are also proud to contribute to preserving Van's rich cultural heritage.