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Old Tibetan carpet gets new face

06-24-2010 08:50 BJT

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The ancient craft of Tibetan carpet making is getting a new face with a more stylish look. To see what the new trend is, especially for those hot sellers in overseas markets, let's stop by the ongoing Qinghai Tibetan Carpet Exposition.

It's the fifth time that this American buyer from Los Angeles has visited the Tibetan Carpet Expo in Qinghai province in northwest China. For him, the biggest attraction at this year's expo is that the old skills have been given a modern twist.

Paul, buyer from US, said, "It's popular home decoration in US and Canada."

Back in its hometown, Tibetan carpet has been a popular home decoration for hundreds of years, as flooring, or a wall hanging, and even as a horse saddle, but the most common use is carpet for chairs and other seating. And the best is no doubt made by hand using the wool of Tibetan highland sheep.

The ancient craft of Tibetan carpet making is getting a new face with a more stylish look. 
The ancient craft of Tibetan carpet making is getting a new face with a more 
stylish look. 

The Tibetan way of knotting is unique, and allows the weavers to vary the design. This year, a retro look is in demand from US and Europe markets. And the special way of weaving is tolerant for permitting the wild imagination of the artists to be expressed in the pattern.

In genuine traditional flavor or in a stylish fashion, the carpet makers are trying to keep their legacy alive while catching up with modern tastes.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CCTV.com

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