Scuola di Tappeti Caruso: art and the world’s ages
Scuola di Tappeti Caruso is located in San Giovanni in Fiore, Calabria, where theologian Gioacchino da Fiore lived after 1188.
In 2000, Domenico Caruso – the descendant of an old family of craftsmen, carpet makers since the 18th century – dedicated to the famous abbot and author a magnificent tapestry representing the Tree of Life. Gioacchino da Fiore’s suggestive interpretation of the Holy Scriptures, indeed, gave rise to his view of world history represented with three trees, symbolizing three main periods of time: the Age of the Father, the Age of the Son, and the Age of the Holy Ghost.
Led by Caruso – a cultured artist and expert craftsman, who teaches classes in textile design, fiber art, and fabric decoration in various schools and universities – some twenty people working for Scuola di Tappeti Caruso make and export fine carpets, both contemporary and classic, as well as tapestries, towels, and fabric for furnishing and clothing.
Every day, the looms in the workshop – so of which very old, dating back to the late 1600s – help these artisans make their splendid products in natural fibers like cotton, wool, silk, and broom. Some of them are destined to travel far, reaching their proud owners in the United States and Iran.