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Ludwina's hand knotted dollhouse miniature carpets and crochets in 1'', 1/2'' and 1/4'' scale

About Me , News and publications, fairs

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My name is Ludwina Akbulut-Van Oosterwyck, I was born in Belgium and I have been interested in textiles and weaving as long as I can remember.

Training :
-Textile Institute for Decorative Art, Antwerp/Belgium
-Restoration and conservation of pre-industrial textiles, Ghent/Belgium

Group exhibitions:
-1989, Antwerp
-1990, Antwerp
-1990, Brussels
-1990, 8e International Biennale of Miniature textiles Szombathelyi Hongary.
-1991, Antwerp

On Sunday 18 May 2008 I received Artisan Status at IGMA (International Guild of Miniature Artisans).

I am living in Selcuk/Ephesus, Turkey since 1993

When you visit Turkey, I would love to meet you!

How I started knotting miniature carpets:

 

When I left Belgium for Turkey I had to restart my life;  I left so much in Belgium including my looms.

Here, in Turkey, I found a small silk loom so I started weaving.  First I wove a little kilim because the required technique is close to those I used before.

 

Then I wanted to try to knot carpets.  So I started with small ones, playing with old designs and creating new ones.  I remember the first small carpet I sold was to a Dutch customer for a dollhouse.  I wove normal quality carpets in small sizes for 8 years, building up experience in knotting carpets and creating designs.  I always tried new things and when I discovered an old technique I was attemting to knot it on my loom when a customer (carpet dealer) came to have a look: "You are making a miniature Turkmen carpet" he said.  And this is what made me think to make miniature carpets. 

 

I like challenges so I wanted to give it a try.  They are very fun to make.  Every carpet is a new  design... and I love to try out new styles.

 

The first months I tried to make miniature copies of real existing, mostly nomadic, carpets.  But by getting more experience in making the designs and knotting them I refined them more and more and then I started the silk carpets which are the most refined of all.

 

I still enjoy designing and knotting them!  And I hope you will like them too...

I will add here the latest news about me and my work:

On 15 -16 November 2008, I had a table at the 'X Feria Internacional De Miniaturas y casas de munecas' in Madrid.  It was a very nice experience and I hope more fairs will follow.
 
Here is a picture of my table, and my Spanish friend:
 

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My table at the Tom Bishop  Chicago International 2010.
For the first time I am happy with my display!

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And Madrid November 2010:

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Chicago International  April 2012:

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PUBLISHED:

-Several of my carpets can be seen in the Spanish miniature magazine 'Miniaturas Construction & Colleccionismo' issue nr.131 in the article and the pictures of the 'Maggs House' page 26 -31

-An article about me: 'Ludwina's Magic Carpet Ride' appeared in 'DollsHouse and Miniature Scene' January 2009  issue 175 on pages 33-34-35

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 In the October issue of the Dollhouse Miniatures Magazine :
 

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