In Tibet, rug weaving was always learned under the watchful eye of a master weaver. Lasting for as many as 5-6 years, young apprentices studied all aspects of wool yarn production- carding, washing, dying and spinning- and all the techniques associated with weaving and finishing. In the early days, apprentice weavers worked side by side with more experienced weavers. As they became more experienced, they began to work independently. At InnerAsia, the men and women who weave our rugs are trained in our own apprentice system and learn all aspects of rug production in our weaving centers. At Khawachen Lhasa, the only sound that interrupts the cheerful hum of our weavers' voices in song or conversation is the regular beat of mallots tamping the knots of each row of the growing rug.