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A Million Knots

2006 International Photography Exhibition
“A Million Knots"
Location: Saggara, Egypt
Photographer: Laura Pondea
Category: People
Award: Honorable Mention

In the photographer's words: "While studying abroad in Egypt, we've visited an Oriental Carpet School a few miles away from Memphis, the 5,000 year old capital city of Pharaonic Egypt. This is a picture of Shani, one of the most talented apprentices, who told us that it takes weeks, often months to make a carpet. To create a simple design like a camel or peacock on a 40 square inch carpet, one needs to tie an amazing one million knots!”"