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.

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

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 And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

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

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

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

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

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

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

Soft bark is turned into pasty mixture.

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

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.

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

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

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

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

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

The screen is freed from the mixture.

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

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

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

This piece of paper is very rough.

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

It needs polishing.

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

The paper is used for book printing. Its service life is said to be equal to 200 years.

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

Let us go to the carpet factory.

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

The left plate has silk warm cocoons in it. Warms produce woolen threads around themselves but they will never get a chance to become a butterfly as the cocoons will be boiled soon. Warms will die and it will be easy for people to work with the threads. Other plates contain natural colorants such as leaves, roots, etc.

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

One warm produces a thread which is hundreds meters long. They are then turned into strong ropes.

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

This is where the ropes are colored.

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

The people work on Saturdays as well.

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

They can use your drawings or even photos while making a carpet.

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

The more complicated the pattern of the carpet is, the more expensive is the carpet itself. The blue one costs 7000 US dollars.

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

This carpet is even more complicated and is being made specially for a Japanese carpet enthusiast.

Carpets And Silk Paper Of Samarkand

Location: Samarkand

via kak-eto-sdelano 

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