In a world of increasing mechanisation and standardisation, a family in the ancient Jordanian city of Madaba continues the age-old tradition of carpet-weaving.
GV Madaba City
GV & SV Members of Ma'ayah family working looms (3 shots)
SV & CU Family-member spinning wool (2 shots)
SV & CU Families working on looms (3 shots)
GV Intercontinental Hotel in Amman
SV & CU Carpets on display (3 shots)
SVs People looking at carpets & shoulder-bags (5 shots)
Initials SGM/1300 SGM/1316
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Background: In a world of increasing mechanisation and standardisation, a family in the ancient Jordanian city of Madaba continues the age-old tradition of carpet-weaving.
Madaba, 22 miles(35 kms) south-west of Amman, has always been the centre of Bedouin carpet-weaving, but the traditional handmade carpets have in recent years been replaced by modern power-driven loom methods.
Hani Ma'ayah and his brothers have for the last forty years continued to use traditional methods, employing a simple spindle. The family learnt the profession from their father, who in turn discovered the art from an Assyrian. The assyrian was trained by a Moroccan living in Madaba.
Many of the designs derive their inspiration from mosaics discovered some years ago in Madaba. The basic material used in sheep's wool, but the Ma'ayah family also use camel's wool for special designs.
In addition to showing the family at work in Madaba, the film also shows an exhibition of Madaba carpets in Amman's Intercontinental Hotel.