Soumak Weave

Soumak Weave Techniques in Rugs and Carpets

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Antique Soumak Weave Technique

Soumak Weave – The art of fine rug weaving and making is ancient and complex. Over the centuries, a myriad of disparate cultures, from every corner of the globe, have developed methods of creating tight, long-lasting weaves, such as rugs, carpets, and kilims.

Antique Caucasian Soumak Weave by Nazmiyal
Antique Caucasian Soumak Weave

As such, there is no singular, universal method for creating a fine weave; rather, there are several different, totally distinctive weaving techniques. These techniques and approaches have been developed over time and that are unique to the area, tribe and / or people.

Antique Caucasian Soumak Pile Texture by Nazmiyal
Antique Caucasian Soumak Pile Texture

One specific example of a type of weave that was developed and is still used to this day is the Soumak weave.  The widespread adaptation of the Soumak weave by such a wide range of different rug-producing cultures is certainly a rather strong testament to the quality and “reproducibility” of the process — cornerstones of any long-lasted artistic technique.