As owner of Sacco Carpet in New York City, Marc Sacco travels each year to all the manufacturers who produce their exclusive, beautiful carpets. He meets with the production crews, artists and weavers, and he gets the opportunity to enjoy their company and get to know them personally. They're completely dependent on each other for the survival of Marc's businesses—even if they share little by way of language, religion, or, lifestyle.
Marc's weaving journey began in China where working conditions are often pitiful and environmental issues non-existent. However, the people with whom he works are extremely capable, eager to learn, and gloriously optimistic. Sacco has centers in Yantai, Beijing, and Hangjou where they produce both handmade and machine-made carpets. Come along with us on a picture tour with Marc.
After China, Marc traveled to Thailand - but we couldn't resist skipping ahead to the third leg of his trip to show you this worker in Katmandu carrying large, loose skeins of wool. (So now we can get back to Thailand ... and more Katmandu later!)
After China, Marc traveled to his mill in Thailand where they make their exceptional high-end commercial product line. These beautiful hand-woven carpets have ended up in the Red Rock Casino in Vegas, Emeril Lagasse restaurants, and the famous Per se restaurant in New York, to name only a few. Sacco’s partner mills are located in the northern part of the country, but Marc nevertheless cajoled three artists, Anne, Pooh and Nit, to be his guides and show him Bangkok.
The art in Thailand is almost as beautiful as its people.
Some of the sites Marc and his guides saw were amazing examples of Thai architecture.
Marc was impressed at how beautiful a country Thailand is. Their king is revered and one can’t help but admire the sense of order and destiny that prevails there. It’s a deeply spiritual country as Pooh demonstrates in this picture.
Leaving Thailand, Marc took a five-hour plane ride to Katmandu, the sleepy city in the valley of the Himalayas. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. People queue for drinking water from government trucks but, ironically, Sacco's most beautiful silk carpets are knotted here and these carpets have been made for notables such as the Emir of Kuwait.
Marc took many pictures, including snaps of the hand-shearing process for his carpets and workers carrying large, loose skeins of wool (see Photo 1).
Monks in Katmandu.
Portrait of a woman in Katmandu.
Portrait of a man in Katmandu.
A worker's hands are so fast on the loom, Marc had a difficult time snapping this picture of his fast work.
When Deepak tries to slow down to accommodate Marc's shutterbug requests, he loses his rhythm. The average weaver weaves about 30 inches times 3 inches a day, or 10,000 knots a day.
One of the enduring memories Marc will have of this leg of his trip was the sight of babies swinging between the looms, near their parents—and not making a single sound!
A one-hour flight took Marc to the holy Indian City of Varanasi where a thousand temples adorn the banks of the Ganges River. But before visiting the factory, he took a trip at 5:00 down the river to watch the sunrise.
Scene along the Ganges River.
Marc's goal in traveling to India was to develop their hand-woven green products for an American company known as The Green Depot. It’s not too hard to make a green carpet product; but Marc decided to develop this line with his Indian mill because the school for the village children (pictured in the photo), the dispensary, and the operating room are all funded by this factory. Marc decided that this would be a great way to be both green and give back to the local community.
After a week of glorious India and sumptuous dinners, Marc took the long plane ride to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was met by his mother, who accompanied him to the Coast to visit their mohair factory. Here Sacco manufactures unique and stunning hand-woven mohair carpets loved by John Saladino, Joe Nahem, and Wayne and Carol of Nathan Egan Interiors. Marc took photos of the weavers as they worked on a 17 foot by 30 foot carpet for Steve Grambel.
Weaving mohair in South Africa.
Marc also took many pictures of the fields and meadows surrounding the mill, filled with cosmos in full bloom.