History of wool felt
Wool felt artisanship is historically rooted in Turkey's cultural heritage. Although pinpointing the first existence of felt artefacts is extremely difficult, there is strong evidence that its development occurred around the 4th or 5th centuries B.C. during the Turkish “Huns” time. Felt is historically one of the first textiles to be made predating the spinning or weaving of wool.
Attributing to its functional properties, felt was an indispensable material. Felt rugs in themselves hold a number of historical purposes, including ceremonial rituals to celebrate new chieftains.
The labour that goes into making felt rugs can be extremely physically demanding, as it requires the weight of the body to be used as a tool for hours on end. The arduous work to make a felt rug coupled with minimal financial benefit has made the production of felt goods a vanishing craft with fewer and fewer people making felt rugs.
By preserving this craftsmanship one is also taking part in writing a line in history; heritage is the transferring of skills to the next generation through teachings.
Unfortunately the passing on and preservation of the original handmade techniques will soon disappear because those that hold this information have nobody to pass them on to.
The passion to save this historical culture and craft is what makes L U M I N E A ’s products inestimable.