Inspiration Everywhere: The Rugs of Chiprovtsi in HAND/EYE

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my favorite of Yulka’s rugs

Last weekend Lorenzo and I went to Chiprovtsi, a little town in the Balkan Mountains famous for its handwoven rugs. The trip happily came just before this piece I wrote about Chiprovtsi carpets was published on HAND/EYE Magazine‘s website.

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back in September, learning how Yulka’s loom works (and wearing my featherweight)

Our first visit was in September, with my in-laws, to see Chiprovtsi’s famous carpets and meet some of the people who still make them. Going back this weekend was a little poetic. Back in September, it was warm and green. Everyone’s red peppers were hung out to dry and the farmers took their goats out to graze every morning. Lorenzo and I weren’t even planning on getting married that year, and I was writing a piece on Chiprovtsi in the hopes that HAND/EYE would publish it. Yulka and Yordanka, the women we met there, were anxiously waiting to hear from UNESCO about whether Chiprovtsi’s carpets had won the intangible heritage award they applied for.

This time, we arrived to a layer of fresh snow. The goats were snuggled in their stables with their new babies, and instead of fresh salad we ate pickles, sausage and potatoes. Chiprovtsi had won its UNESCO status, and we were there to pick out a carpet, handwoven by Yulka, a present from my mother-in-law in honor of our hasty wedding in November.

wintertime goat snuggles
wintertime goat snuggles

You can read more about Chiprovtsi, and see more photos of their beautiful traditional rugs here on HAND/EYE. Here’s our perfect kitty enjoying our new kilim.emiChiprovtsi

6 thoughts on “Inspiration Everywhere: The Rugs of Chiprovtsi in HAND/EYE

  1. Naomi February 23, 2015 / 12:48 am

    So glad a friend sent me a link to your blog, it’s fantastic!

    • Huelo February 26, 2015 / 6:17 pm

      Thank you so much! Welcome. 🙂

  2. Nadine April 27, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    Beautiful blog! New favourite, I’m half Bulgarian and currently doing a project on weaving. Chiprovtsi is my biggest inspiration right now, so thank you!

    • Huelo April 28, 2015 / 12:23 am

      Много благодаря! I’ll have to take a look at your blog as well. Sounds really interesting!

    • Huelo September 23, 2016 / 11:35 am

      Благодаря за споделяне!

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