How a $40,000 Swedish Carpet Is Made

The founder of the company said her carpets
should be as music. She was the composer, and the weavers were the musicians and you when you walk on the carpet you listen to the music. In the Marta Maas studio we’re doing useful
art textiles. Marta Maas she was an artist and she was
so fascinated over the Oriental carpets that she saw 100 years ago. We are still producing her carpets and we
have more than almost 1,000 different designs. It’s an honor to get to know her through her
work, her design, her sketches. When we have a client put an order of a special
carpet here, the weavers start lining up the threads for the warp. The warp is the backbone, it’s the spine of
the carpet. It should bear the carpet all its life. That’s almost always flax or linen. And we are winding them up going round and
round and it’s really important so that all threads are exactly the same length. And we are taking them down from the spinning
wheel. And then you invite your colleagues
to come to a bomnings party. It’s when you set the warp in the loom. We thread them through steel eyes. So it’s going to be really tight and it’s
going to be really even. We are many and we are talking and laughing
and we know it’s a start for a new project so it’s really a good day when we are doing
bomning. We have about 8 tons of yarn in 1600 – 1700
different colors. And if we’re missing something we need to
dye it and then we have white wool coming from Sweden or Norway and it needs to be really
strong and good wool and not the sweater wool, not soft and nice. We use the synthetic, reactive colors. We have three pigment colors: red and blue
and yellow. And all these three colors you do everything
with. If you’re really used to working with colors
you can see maybe twice or three times as much as normal people. Marta Maas Fjetterstrom lived her last
22 years on the coastline here in Bastad. But she grew up where there were a lot of
trees and flowers. Carpet was not common in Sweden, before that
we had sand and plants on the floor that we were forming in nice patterns so it’s really
the nature that has got inspiration to the different carpets. What artists are not inspired by nature? What human being is not inspired by nature? We get all the yarns ready and we wind it
up into small balls in the right combinations of colors and threads. We always prepare that before we start doing
the flat weave carpet, it’s called rollakan in Swedish. Different techniques can give you different
solutions but in the rollakan the wool is going between the warp. It’s really strong and it’s reversible, so
it’s a really old technique in the very cold countries. You have different kinds of working instructions
for different carpets and it’s built up by small squares. It’s really important for us to pass on the
knowledge from generation to generation and we do that by sitting two and two in the looms. It might take a year to do a carpet so you
sit beside the same weaver day out and day in and of course you know everything about
each other so you could rest together with the other person. It’s like walking in silence, you can work
in silence beside each other. Eventually when you are finished with your
carpet now is the cutting down and you’re allowed to see the whole carpet because you
have stored it during the process of weaving. It’s like waiting for a baby coming, you know
that it is there, you feel it, you can see it you have been through everything but you
don’t know exactly what will come out. And after that the carpet need to rest and
we do some flattening. We just nail it to the floor and putting just
a little bit of water, and then we put wooden plates on. So it’s going to stay there for
4 or 5 days and then it’s ready to be rolled and packed and then shipped to the owner. I’ve been talking to so many clients and they
could see their whole life in the carpet. They could see their children growing up,
the parties, the divorces, the quarrels the happiness the sadness so it’s focusing
the whole lifetime to one room, to one spot, to one carpet. It’s really a joy and a pleasure to make something
that lasts.

31 Replies to “How a $40,000 Swedish Carpet Is Made”

  1. Personally i would never buy this and most people wont. Its a niche market and only people who truly understand it, will want this. It will either be people who are very passionate about rugs or rich mtfs who will buy this not us common folk.

  2. carpet cost 2900, durable craftmanship 3000, operation fee 1000, net profit 3000. viable biz model for Sweden and european alike but not asian

  3. When Chinese or Indians do it for fraction of a price , its called bondage labour by illiterates 3rd world countries others its an art like a music worth $40k LOL ???????????????????a

  4. I don't see why it's so expensive ?
    Similar carpets can be found in India, especially rural parts of Karnatak for less that 100 USD

  5. Imagine dropping 40K on a carpet just to have your drunk ass teenaged kid spill red wine all over it! ??

  6. The patterns are not bad, but a carpet made of flax or linnen? It's flat and has no fluff in it. It's a bloody doormat!!! No, thanks. I'll still stick to Indian silk or Iranian wool. Better weave, better feel, sanely priced. I'm not paying 40k for a carpet unless it's an 18-century Persian masterpiece.

  7. There are much cheaper carpets made in Nepal having various and excellent design and quality, their craftsmanships were brought from Tibet.

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