Ok – now I know that some will think the subject of carpets is not so interesting – however think again!
Convenience and curiosity was more of my motivation to visit the Donegal International Carpet Factory in the fishing port of Killybegs (a short bus ride or drive from Glencolmcille where I hade been staying).
Having only vaguely heard about Donegal Carpets, I didn’t know its history. WOW! World class hand made carpets are made out of this little town for over 100 years.
We first watched a 30min video of how the carpets are first drawn and the colour pallet selected for the client to OK and proceed. Then it is transferred to huge sheets of graph paper – each carpet is specially designed for the client – using local dyed wools. A graph Is made of the design – then cut into sections for each of the women to knot and cut the wools. It is such an intricate and fascinating process – skills passed down over the decades.
Watching how a carpet is made gave me a greater appreciation of a craft that is slowly dying.
It houses the longest hand knotted loom in the world – made from Canadian pine at 42 feet in length. A carpet made to this width would weigh in at many tonnes when finished.
A must see when you are in Donegal!!!!!