Terlan was born in 1947 and eventually had four brothers and three sisters. While she only studied to the second grade, her sharp mathematical mind is evident as she computes the length the width of a rug, and required number of knots to complete the intricate designs within it.
Terlan became the second wife of her husband, a war hero who was twenty years her senior. But she was never able to have children. She was widowed many years ago, and she continues to work hard to support herself without the natural social security of children. Rug weaving comprises the majority of her income.
Based on the recommendations of others, we knocked on Terlan’s door several times during the years of our search for rug weavers. But each time, we were denied. Either the season was not right, or Terlan was already busy at the loom with a different project. Thankfully, our yarn ultimately ended up in the hands of her neighbors. Despite the lack of initial success with Terlan, in many ways it was she who opened the door for reWoven to enter her village, Kosalar. Even though she was one of the first weavers in the village that we met, she became the sixth weaver to work with our project.