Carpet handicraft workers use handicraft techniques to create textile floor coverings. They create carpets and rugs from wool or other textiles using traditional crafting techniques. They can use diverse methods such as weaving, knotting or tufting to create carpets of different styles.
The following job titles also refer to carpet handicraft worker:
traditional carpet worker
handicraft worker, carpets
traditional carpet maker
hand carpet maker
handemade carpet worker
No formal educational credential is generally required to work as a carpet handicraft worker.
ISCO skill level
ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:
- the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
- the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
- the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.
Carpet handicraft worker is a Skill level 2 occupation.
Carpet handicraft worker career path
These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to carpet handicraft worker.
Long term prospects
These occupations require some skills and knowledge of carpet handicraft worker. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of carpet handicraft worker with a significant experience and/or extensive training.
Essential knowledge and skills
This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of carpet handicraft worker.
- Textile materials: Have a good understanding of the properties of different textile materials.
- Types of textile fibres: The variety of textile fibres both natural such as wool and hemp and man-made or synthetic fibers.
- Types of carpet: Different types of carpet based on materials, production method, backing, fitting techniques, cost, durability, aesthetics and other criteria.
Essential skills and competences
These skills are necessary for the role of carpet handicraft worker.
- Manufacture textile floor coverings: Produce textile floor coverings by tending machines, sewing parts, and applying finishing touches to products such as carpets, rugs, and made up textile floor covering articles.
- Use traditional carpet making techniques: Create carpets using traditional or local techniques. Use methods such as weaving, knotting or tufting to create handicraft carpets from wool or other textiles.
- Use textile technique for hand-made products: Using textile technique to produce hand-made products, such as carpets, tapestry, embroidery, lace, silk screen printing, wearing apparel, etc.
- Control textile process: Plan and monitor textile production to achieve control on behalf of quality, productivity and delivery time.
- Produce textile designs: Draw sketches for textile design, by hand or on computer, using specialist Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.
- Decorate textile articles: Decorate wearing apparels and made up textile articles by hand or using machines. Decorate textile articles with ornaments, braided cords, golden yarns, soutaches, jewellery, and cristals.
- Cut textiles: Cut textiles fitting to customers’ desires and needs.
- Create patterns for textile products: Create a two-dimensional model used to cut the material for textile products such as tents and bags, or for individual pieces needed for upholstery work.
Optional knowledge and skills
This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of carpet handicraft worker. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.
- Knitting machine technology: Manufacturing technologies which use loop forming techniques to convert yarns into fabrics in order to form knitted fabrics.
- Textile industry: Major textile manufacturers on the market of various brands and materials.
- Textile technologies: Textile technologies to design, manufacture and evaluate the properties of textiles.
- Furniture, carpet and lighting equipment products: The offered furniture, carpet and lighting equipment products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.
- Tufting technology: Know how to produce pile fabrics such as carpets using tufting technology.
Optional skills and competences
These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of carpet handicraft worker. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.
- Monitor textile manufacturing developments: Keep up to date with recent developments in textile manufacturing and processing techniques and technologies.
- Manufacture knitted textiles: Perform the operation, monitoring and maintenance of machines and processes to manufacture knitted products keeping efficiency and productivity at high levels.
- Ensure health and safety in manufacturing: Ensure health and safety of personnel during manufacturing process.
- Maintain machinery: Maintain machinery and equipment in order to ensure that it is clean and in safe, working order. Perform routine maintenance on equipment and adjust or repair when necessary, using hand and power tools. Replace defective parts components or systems.
- Tend weaving machines: Operate weaving machines keeping efficiency and productivity at high levels.
- Place orders for textile materials: Select and purchase fabrics and textile products in accordance to stock availability.
- Use weaving machine technologies: Operate machines that enable weaving processes turning threads into fabrics. Setup weaving machine programmes for the machine to produce fabrics with the adequate pattern, colour and fabric density.
- Work in textile manufacturing teams: Work harmoniously with colleagues in teams in the textile and clothing manufacturing industries.
ISCO group and title
7318 – Handicraft workers in textile, leather and related materials