File - The factory dyes the wool for the rugs, exactly matching the colors in their clients’ stately homes.
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KOSTANDOVO, Bulgaria: In a tiny Bulgarian factory, nimble fingers tie and cut, assembling knots of dyed wool into lavish floral patterns: In a few months, the carpet will be fit for royalty.The 28 women working at the Hemus factory take several months to complete a single giant-size carpet – their largest creations have reached over 120 square meters.The largest loom at the factory is 8 meters wide and the carpets are customarily made in one piece to prevent deformations.When Parpulov came to the former state-owned factory as manager in the 1990s, 1,100 women worked there.He now dreams of substituting the wood-fired stoves in the smoky factory hall with central heating and of finding clients in Bulgaria to give him the funds necessary to train more weavers.Until recently, his company had not sold a single large-sized carpet in the country.
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