Saturday, June 27, 2009
Hand-Knotted Carpets, Killybegs, Co. Donegal
Wow. I just got back from being able to work on the largest loom in the world. (62 meters, about 186 feet, if I remember correctly) It was amazing! It's fascinating how much work by so many people can go into one carpet. There's probably a few dozen gals at the loom, and the process is fascinating as well! While I found the knotting quite easy, I think it would take me quite some time to attain the speed that those girls got to! The factory was closed in 1987 and re-opened in 1999. If anyone's ever in Killybegs, forget the fishing, this is a definite must-see!