3 Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand


Samarkand is famous with a small workshop where silk paper is produced and a carpet factory that will be visited by us today.

Silk paper had been used before cheaper paper made of cellulose was discovered. Even today silk paper is produced manually that is why it is more expensive.

Carpets are also made following manual production technique. The cheapest ones cost several thousand dollars.

Let us start with paper. First a layer of bark is removed from a mulberry. The upper dark layer is also cut off.

The bark is then boiled in special cans to make it soft.

Soft bark is turned into pasty mixture.

The mechanism is set into motion with the help of the device that functions under the influence of a water stream. A half of the wheel is put into water. Water makes rubbing surfaces smooth.

The pasty mixture is first dissolved in a large can with water. The water is then sifted through a screen.

A thin layer of the future paper is left on the surface of the screen.

The screen is freed from the mixture.

It is turned into a smooth layer and is put under a press for several days.

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3 Responses to “Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand”

  1. mariel says:

    Congratulations for those people, what pacient and glorious work!

  2. Pedro says:

    nice work. but “carpet enthusiast” ? lol wtf

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