Iran Rug Tour: Spinning Techniques

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Spinning involves a series of operations to make the wool into a usable yarn. After being scoured (washed), carded, sorted, combed then roved (rolled or pulled into long,loose yarn) the wool is ready.

Here we have Afshar women from near the town of Sirjan, in Southern Iran, using a hand spindle. Spindle-spun wool rarely has a consistent texture: thus, when woven, it gives the rug a lively, iridescent look.