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Iranian Hand-Woven Carpet Exhibition 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The 23rd edition of Iranian Hand-woven Carpet Exhibition has been mounted during an opening ceremony held in the capital city of Tehran, Press TV has reported.

Iran’s First Vice President, Es’haq Jahangiri and the minister of Industry, Mine, and Trade, Mohammad Reza Nemati were among the officials who participated in the opening gala.

A large number of domestic and foreign producers and visitors also flocked to the event.

“Iranian carpet with all its grace is sanctioned for 4 years and it’s a great loss for both Iranian market and also the people of United States,” said Jahangiri during his speech.

Carpet traders were also concerned about the absence of an open and active market of carpet industry.

The exhibition is hosting a variety of exquisite Persian carpets including hand-woven and tableau carpets as well as nomadic rugs.

Carpet-weaving is one of the most distinguished manifestations of Persian culture and art, which dates back to ancient Persia.

Persian carpets often feature geometric patterns which are a reflection of Islamic influences, although many Persian rugs depict natural scenes of animal and plant wildlife.

There is an estimated population of 1.2 million weavers in Iran, producing carpets for domestic markets and international export.

Iran exports carpets to at least 70 countries in the world. Experts attribute the increasingly lucrative market for Persian carpets worldwide to its quality, color and design.

The United Arab Emirates and Germany are the main destinations for the Persian carpet, followed by Japan, Lebanon, and Qatar.

The 23rd Iranian Hand-woven Carpet Exhibition which kicked off on August 23 will run until August 29.

Iran Review.Org has also published an article and  produced a video about Persian Carpet and its history which you can find below:

Iran Review: Persian Carpet

Compiled By: Firouzeh Mirrazavi
Deputy Editor of Iran Review

The history of Persian Carpet -a culmination of artistic magnificence- dates back to 2,500 years ago.

The Iranians were among the pioneer carpet weavers of the ancient civilizations, having achieved a superlative degree of perfection through centuries of creativity and ingenuity. The skill of carpet weaving has been handed down by fathers to their sons, who built upon those skills and in turn handed them down to their offspring as a closely guarded family secret. To trace the history of Persian carpet is to follow a path of cultural growth of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever seen.

From being simple articles of need, floor and entrance coverings to protect the nomadic tribesmen from the cold and damp, the increasing beauty of the carpets found them new owners - kings and noblemen, who looked upon them as signs of wealth, prestige and distinction.

To look at a Persian carpet is to gaze into a world of artistic magnificence nurtured for more then 2,500 years. The Iranians were among the first carpet weaver of the ancient civilizations and, through centuries of creativity and ingenuity building upon the talents of the past, achieved a unique degree of excellence.

Even today, with Iranians increasingly being swallowed up in the whirlpool of a fast expanding industrial, urban society, the Persian association with the carpet is as strong as ever. An Iranian's home is bare and soulless without it, a reflection on the deep rooted bond between the people and their national art.

Russian archaeologists Rudenko and Griaznov in 1949 discovered the oldest known "knotted" carpet in the Pazyryk valley, about 5000 feet up on the Altai Mountains in Siberia. Dating back to the fifth century BCE the Pazyryk carpet is of rare beauty and woven with great technical skill. It was found preserved in the frozen tombs of Scythian chiefs, which were 2400 to 2500 years old, it is now kept in the Hermitage Museum of Leningrad. Another rug found in the same area, dates back to the first century BCE.

The first documented evidence on the existence of Persian carpets came from Chinese texts dating back to the Sassanid period (224 - 641 CE). There is, though, in Greek historiography earlier written evidence on the existence, value, and quality of Persian carpets.

*Continue Here: http://www.iranreview.org/content/Documents/Persian_Carpet.htm

Watch the Video: http://www.iranreview.org/content/Videos/Persian_Carpet.htm

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