NAYA| Women from Our Villages: Maro Talatinian knits Macramé for a living

The Babylonians and Assyrians first used macramé-style knots in their carvings and stone statues.
by Christy-Belle Geha

17 March 2020 | 15:05

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The file photo shows handmade Macramé designs by Maro Talatinian (Courtesy of Maro Talatinian)

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BEIRUT: One of Maro Talatinian’s friends once narrated to her the process of creating Macramé at the factory her sister works for in Iran. Talatinian, back then, was amazed by the process and the beauty of its result.

Years later, the Karagozian dispensary in Bourj Hammoud started giving Macramé knitting classes.

“I wanted to do Macramé for years, and I felt like it was time to exploit a new interesting hobby,” Talatinian told NAYA, smiling.

When she was first introduced to Macramé, Talatinian thought that it was only used to envelop vases. She believes that sailors created macramé objects such as hammocks, bell fringes, and belts, in their free time off sea, especially in the United Kingdom.

Talatinian has been knitting, for more than 10 years now Macramé dresses, earrings, bags, key-chains, curtains, cushions, plant hangers, wall hangers, dream catchers and Christmas tree decorations. Talatinian also collaborated with some local designers and created some exclusive Macramé designs.

Macramé mainly uses square knots. The Babylonians and Assyrians first used macramé-style knots in their carvings and stone statues. The word “Macramé” is derived from “miqramah” (مقرمة), the Arabic word for “embroidered veil,” “ornamental fringe,” or “striped towel.” Macramé jewelry became popular in America in the 1970s.

“People in Lebanon ignore the value of handmade work. Foreigners understand better what it means to create anything with love,” she stated.

Located in Awkar, Talatinian designs one bag of Macramé a day.

“ Local exhibitions help us with introducing Macramé to people because few people have ever heard of it,” she explained to NAYA at the Farmer’s Market organized by the AUB Neighborhood Initiative in Jeanne d’Arc Street, Hamra.


Contact Maro Talatinian on her number: (+961)-71-829394

Check her Macramé knots on Facebook (Macramé by Mme.M) and Instagram (@macrame.mme.m).


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