15 Jun Plants used to produce certain dye colours
Often, tribal carpets have a limited number of colours available and the availability of these colours can change particularly with nomadic tribes who would move to different areas.
However, in general, the following plants are used to produce certain dye colour ranges.
The red colour is generally taken from the root of the Madder plant. It creates an orange-red shade. At times, the red colour is also produced from the outer covering of a certain type of insect called cochineal. It produces a red shade that is more like burgundy.
The blue colour for carpet dyeing comes from the indigo plant and it is still the most commonly used natural resource for blue colour. The leaves of the plant are used to create colour by a fermentation process.