A loom is a machine for weaving thread or yarn into textiles. Looms can range from very small hand-held frames, to large free-standing hand looms, to huge automatic mechanical devices.
The invention of the power loom by Edmund Cartwright was very important in the Industrial Revolution.
A large, traditional loom from Mexico
An automated, industrial loom.
An early nineteenth century Japanese loom with several heddles, which the weaver controls with her foot
A Jakaltek Maya brocades a hair sash on a back strap loom.
Hand loom at Hjerl Hede, Denmark, showing grayish warp threads (back) and cloth woven with red filling yarn (front)
Oaxacan artisan Alberto Sanchez Martinez at loom
Hand loom at the Korkosz Croft in Czarna Góra, Poland, 19th century
Weaver from India showing handloom during an exhibition