The 24th Persian Carpet Grand Exhibition

Monday, August 24, 2015


The 24th Exhibition of Iran's Handwoven Carpet, 23-29 Aug. 2015, Tehran – Iran



An exhibition of Persian hand-woven carpets is being held in Tehran International Ground Fair.



Persian handmade carpet besides excellent position in art and culture is considered as luxury commodities with high value which have been adorned all palaces, museums and private houses around the world.



Persian Carpet Grand exhibition is being held annually at the Tehran permanent fairground which many designers, artists, producers, exporters and retailers will attend in a space over than 450000 square meters.



More than 40000 visitors including traders, researchers and interested in Persian handmade carpet from Iran and other countries visit this exhibition.



More than 700 Iranian carpet producers and exporters participated in the 7-day event, Iran National Carpet Center’s Director Hamid Kargar said.



He added that 17 Iranian merchants living abroad and 54 non-Iranian merchants from China, Japan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, India, Kuwait, Denmark, Sweden, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Germany, Russia, Romania, South Africa, the United States, and Uruguay are visiting the exhibition.



According to Kargar, Iran’s hand-woven carpet exports stood at $330 million in the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, a jump compared to $114 million in its previous year, showing 5 percent growth.



In March, Kargar said that Persian carpets – as they are internationally known – have been exported to some 80 countries. The official further said around 25 percent of Persian carpets used to be exported to the United States.



“However, Iran lost that share of the market due to the sanctions implemented.” Iran exported $60 million of handmade carpets in the first four months of the current Iranian calendar.



Persian carpets are sought after internationally for their delicate designs and their good quality.



The country’s official figures show the carpets have a significant share in Iran’s non-oil exports.



Iran exports 45 percent of its hand-woven carpets to Asia, 43 percent to Europe and the rest to other continents. The Persian carpet has found several new clients for its carpet that include South Africa, Russia, Brazil, China and Indonesia.



 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.



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