Our woollen carpets have been made according to hundreds of years old Ethiopian traditions. The carpets are completely hand made. The aim of SERA HELSINKI is to raise the living standards of the thread makers and weavers. We want to bring you an ethical product which is why we have doubled the salary of the artisans.
The threads of the carpets are hand made from woollen fleece shorn off the sheep. It is not chemically dyed and this is why our products are natural and ecological. Sheep fleece comes in three colours; black, white and brown. The different thread colours are achieved by mixing the natural wool colours. For example grey comes by mixing black and white. The thread keeps its natural lanolin – also called wool wax or grease – which helps to remove any dirt on it.
The making of the carpets is also done by hand. Our collection has both knotted and woven carpets which are made using different techniques. In a knotted carpet, threads are tied one by one which makes the production very slow. Making 1 m2 of a knotted carpet takes around seven working days.
Every sheep is by nature different in colour and every weaver works in a different way. For this reason every carpet is unique, there are no two identical carpets.
Our collection has two kinds of carpets, woven and knotted. They are made using different techniques. The process for both carpets begins by stretching cotton warps on a loom running up and down. The loom is 2,8 metres wide which makes it possible for us to produce big carpets. The thread is taken through the warps one by one by hand because the loom doesn’t have pedals. The technique is a traditional Ethiopian way of making carpets. Using this technique we are able to have different patterns on the carpets. Every carpet with its pattern is hand made and also unique because the outcome always varies slightly from carpet to carpet. To produce one m2 of woven carpet, it takes two days. For a knotted carpet it takes around seven working days.