In order to develop into something grand we need to start small. We can use this concept in our everyday lives and in the work world. This rug displays how beautiful Metamorphosis is. The carpet represents how a small silk worm can transform into an extravagant butterfly. The making of this carpet required the work of many silk worms. Silk worms do most of their work as a worm rather than in the form of a butterfly. They have to eat large amounts of leaves in order to produce their silk (think of the hungry caterpillar). The fibers are very thin. The hand of silk rugs and textiles is rich and sumptuous. About 2,000 to 5,000 cocoons are needed to make a pound of silk. Once their time slowly starts coming to an end, it is now time to start forming a cocoon for metamorphosis to take place. This is where the hard work ends for the silk worm but begins for the humans.
The workers begin delicately cleaning the silk and gently laying it out to dry. The silk is then hand dyed then later hand woven to form these one-of-a-kind carpets. Machine made rugs cannot compare to the amount of hard work put into these rugs. Mass produced items are not generally considered works of art. These weavers are true artists. Like silk worms, this is where the humans begin to make a metamorphosis in the design world, bringing us vibrant and breathtaking carpets. Even though silk is known for being a delicate material, natural silk is extremely high in tensile strength, exceeding that of nylon. These carpets are made out of a great amount of passion and dedication. Silk rugs have an unmistakable luminescence, sheen and soft texture. Silk also absorbs the dye much better than other materials, it allows the dye to achieve a richness and intensity that could not be matched by wool. The skillful artisans have a precise technique they use to weave these rugs. It can take over a year to hand weave some of these rugs. There is a graceful butterfly imprinted on this rug to represent that hard work pays off.