Where did you learn your techniques?
At the university we studied design and industrial textiles. We were lucky as our professors, seeing the interest we had in weaving, would stay after hours with us and share their knowledge. Weaving itself is a simple technique; it’s the time you spend at the loom to master it that counts.
What's your design process?
When we come to design our collection, we will have already discussed and selected our inspirations. We then sit all day with crayons and cutouts, designing, observing each other. It is quite helpful since when one of us comes up with an idea, it easily seeps into subsequent projects.
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How do you combine tradition and innovation?
Many kilim weavers adhere to traditional folk patterns. Folk looms were often handmade and weren't always straight, so textiles made on them are not so precise – whereas we work on professional looms which give a high quality finish. Our designs are distinctive, but we do not follow trends, we want our work to be timeless.
What's the best thing about weaving?
It's calming and relaxing. After a physical day in the workshop your muscles feel sore, but your head stays clear. At the end of the day we don't just turn off the computer, but leave the studio with something physical that we have created.