Lhasa Carpet Factory is a factory south of Yanhe Dong Lu near the University of Tibet in Lhasa the capital of Tibet. It produces traditional Tibetan rugs that are exported worldwide through Canton. Although the actual weaving and finishing is done by hand using old-style vertical looms many of the stages of the prcoess are now mechanised and the dyeing is not done at the factory. It is a modern factory, the largest manufacturer of rugs throughout Tibet employing some 300 workers. Traditionally Tibetan women were the weavers and the men the spinners but both work on the rugs today.
The factory has developed into the biggest and the best in Tibet Autonomous Region with annual output of 30,000 miles of carpet. Tibetan Carpets, Persian Carpets and Oriental Artistic Carpets are reputed to be the best in the world.
The rugs manufactured in Lhasa are typically smaller with bold designs and bright colurs and a deep even, pile -about 60knots per square inch. Rug weaving is an ancient craft in Tibet but because it was not for sacred purposes it is not considered an art. As a result there are no rugs verifiable earlier than 1800. Chemical dye first appeared in Central Asia around 1870 and are now very widely used. The use of durable cotton warps and wefts was introduced in Lhasa in the arly 20th century. The factory is now an important tourist attraction in the holy city.
Tours inclusive of visiting Lhasa Carpet Factory