The journey of our rugs
Unlike other countries in the region, Yemeni carpets were never mass produced for the purpose of trade, but made by livestock wool in rural communities in Socotra and beduin communities in the eastern highland regions of Al-Jawf, Marib and Sana’a, to be utilized in daily life by the same communities.
The flat weaving technique and the structure of the goat hair, makes the long and narrow carpets made in beduin communities almost waterproof and in addition to using these on the floor, they have traditionally also been used to tighten the roof and sides of nomadic tents.
On Socotra women have handwoven carpets out of their livestock wool for centuries, to furnish their houses. Made to the sound of the waves on what is known as Yemen’s Dragon Blood Island, the carpets symbolize simplicity and beauty and fit as well in a modern home as in the traditional island houses on Socotra.
Our carpets are handwoven of goat hair, which is longer and stiffer than sheep wool, giving the carpets a coarse appearance. The undyed carpets in striped patterns are handwoven by women in Socotra, a famous Yemeni island situated at the entrance of the Gulf of Aden, only 60 miles from the Horn of Africa. The long narrow carpets in black and with geometric patterns are handmade by Beduin communities, who have made these for centuries to furnish their tents. The patterns tell stories that have been passed down through generations of nomadic lifestyle.
The carpets are handmade in rural areas, which makes each piece unique, and offer a glimpse of Yemen rural life into modern homes. The simplicity of the carpets and their natural colors also make these go well in hand with modern interior styles, not dominating the space in the home, but rather highlighting it. The carpets come in different sizes and with each piece having unique design and colors.