Age 8-10: Cultural Contributions - the Arts

Unit 2: Carpets & Rugs

Activity: Intro to Rugs
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Intro to Rugs

Use the website http://islamicart.com/main/rugs/intro.html to answer the following questions about rugs.

Introduction
1. Click on loom. What is surprising about the picture?


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2. Click on knots. Name two types of knots used in rug making.


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3. Click on pile. Which fringe do you like best? Why?


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Weaving and knotting
1. Click on horizontal. Where is the loom? Where is the weaver?


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2. Click on vertical. Where is the loom? Where is the weaver?


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3. Which way of weaving would be better do you think? Why?


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Activity: Design Your Own Rug
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Design Your Own Rug

Design a rug using geometric shapes or floral designs or a combination of both. Colour the rug.
Yiannis Papadimitriou/Shutterstock Images LLCWhen nomadic people travelled, the men would hunt and women would spin sheep and goat’s wool into yarn. This yarn was woven into cloth to makes clothes and tents, carpets and rugs.

akez/Shutterstock Images LLC Rugs are especially used for prayer in Muslim culture. Each person has their own individual prayer rug.
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