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On Wool Craft
Our woollen rugs have been made according to hundreds of years old Ethiopian traditions. The rugs are completely hand made. The aim of SERA HELSINKI is to empower the most vulnerable groups in Ethiopia – people with disabilities and single mothers.
The Sheep and Their Shepherds
The wool of the carpets is from the highlands of the northern parts of Ethiopia. The climate is cool in these regions and therefore the villages have traditions using wool in their everyday life. The sheep roam freely in the nature and are looked after by the shepherds.
The entirely handmade thread in our woolen rugs makes them unique. It has not been chemically treated, colored or bleached, all the colors are natural lambswool colors. Carding and spinning of wool is done by hand. Spinning one kilogram of woolen thread takes one to two days.
Knotted rugs are thick and luxurious. To produce one six square meter knotted rug takes about one month from a team of five persons. One square meter of knotted rug weights about 5 kilograms. The rugs are made by using a traditional Ethiopian rug making technique.
Woven rugs are produced by horizontal looms. The woolen thread crosses the cotton warps. One square meter weight about 2 kilograms and the woven rugs are thinner than knotted rugs. To produce one six square meter woven rug takes about two weeks from a team of two persons.