In the factory you can see the longest hand-knotting loom in the world. Made of Canadian pitch pine it is 42 feet long and weighs four ton. On this loom a number of weavers would sit in a row working on carpets of up to 40′ wide.
The centre offers an audio visual display on the history of the factory with lots of old film showing the workers of the time and the extremely arduous task making these carpets was.
Later you can visit the floor of the factory and see a live demonstration of hand-knotting and even have a go yourself. There are samples of the weavers skills to be seen all around the factory including a carpet depicting St. Mary's (R.C.) Church in Killybegs which was made to celebrate it’s centenary.
There are photographs of the making of the carpet for the hall of Aras an Uachtarain which replaced an earlier one made by the same factory. One of the demonstrators in the centre was one of the ladies who made this carpet and she can tell you all about how it was done. You can also see lots of samples of the intricate patters that had to be drawn by hand as guides for the weavers.
|The marine simulator|
|The staff at the Maritime and Heritage Centre, Killybegs|