Handmade Unique Zapotec Wool Red Area Rug (Mexico) - 4' x 6'/Surplus

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Handmade Unique Zapotec Wool Red Area Rug (Mexico) - 4' x 6'/Surplus

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The festive spirit that abounds in Oaxaca during the feasts of the Guelaguetza inspire this wonderful rug by Irene Ruiz. Meaning "offering" in Zapotec, the Guelaguetza is celebrated in July to honor Our Lady of El Carmen. Irene Ruiz dyes the wool with natural dyes such as cochineal and pomegranate before weaving the rug on a traditional loom.



Product Features:

  • Dimension: 78" L x 49.2."W
  • Weight: 6.5 lbs
  • Pile height: 0.2" H
  • color: Red
  • Wash in cold water
  • Dry clean or hand wash
  • Material: 100-percent wool
  • Style: Traditional
  • Made in Mexico







Story Behind the Art: 

I don't use any chemicals because I want to contribute to the preservation of the environment and our planet. I make the colors from natural elements such as leaves, seeds and flowers. Hola! I was born and raised in Teotitlán del Valle, home of the legendary Zapotec rugs. It is a beautiful place and I have fond memories of growing up with my five siblings and parents, all of them artisans. I wasn't able to finish school due to financial difficulties, but I knew I wanted to perfect my skills weaving rugs. My brothers are Gregorio and Alberto, Novica featured artists, and I'm related to the Ruiz Bazan Family. I started learning when I was 12 years old because I've always been intrigued with this Zapotec legacy of ours. Now I enjoy creating my own designs as it represents a way of self-expression. I remember the first rug I ever made, it was 15 x 19 inches in shades of red and it takes place of pride in my home. Everyone criticized the second design I made for the colors I used and yet it's the one that sold the most! I've been dedicated to this craft since 1999 and now I even have my own workshop where people can come and see that my art is natural, cheerful and inspired by the sunset. After shearing the sheep we clean and wash the wool so we can card it with large wire combs so it's soft and then we can spin it on a wood spinning wheel. We wash it again with a plant called amolewhich grows here in the mountain and makes a lot of foam. That way the wool doesn't lose its purity. If we were to wash it with a commercial soap, the wool loses its luster and makes it almost impossible for the natural dyes to take. We then let the wool dry prior to dying with such organic pigments as cochineal, pomegranate peelings, oak bark, peelings off thehuacal tree, and walnut shell. We take the lichen off the rocks, and we also use flowers. We let the dye stand for about a month and, when it's ready, we bring it to a boil, then we let the hanks of wool soak for about half an hour. Then we let them dry and breathe. We wash them again to stop the discoloring. We wrap the wool on reed bobbins so we can use it in the loom. When we start weaving, a small rug can take us up to three days, whereas a large one can take up to a month and a half. I hope you like my rugs because I weave them with natural wool. I don't use any chemicals because I want to contribute to the preservation of the environment and our planet. I make the colors from natural elements such as leaves, seeds and flowers.


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Country of Origin: Mexico

Specifications

Item #
16930303
Style
Traditional
Material
Wool
Pattern
Geometric
Feature
Latex Free
Pile Height
Less than 0.25 inch
Color
Red
Product Features
Handmade
Rug Type
Indoor
Shape
Rectangle
Worldstock
Worldstock
Dimensions
78.0 In. X 49.2 In. X 0.2 In.
Model Number
182727

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