The purple line in this rug makes it incredibly special. It's called a 'mourning line.' (I created an instagram video all about this mourning line and you can view it here.)
Keep in mind it takes MONTHS and MONTHS to hand-knot a carpet of this size. When the weaver got just up to this purple line, someone they loved died. They spent time mourning. They let the rug sit on the loom a bit. And once they felt ready to pick up this work again, they knotted a row of bright purple to honor their loved one ♥️😭 What an incredible lasting gesture to honor a loved one’s life with knots in a masterpiece like this!