Iranian carpets are one of the symbolic representatives of ancient Iranian culture. Usually referred as Persian carpet, a culmination of artistic magnificence, Iranian carpets date back to 2500 years ago. Although many ancient crafts are not able to survive to contemporary times, Iranians who were among pioneers of carpet weaving have managed to bring this tradition to this day by handing down the skill of carpet weaving by fathers to sons. To follow back to the history of Iranian carpets is to trace cultural growth of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever seen.
Now, Iranian carpets are available through 22th Iranian Carpet Fair where the visitors were mesmerized by Iranian art dates back to centuries ago. Iranian carpets from twenty different cities were brought to the fair where visitors can also buy them.
One of the organizers told “560 producers from Iranian provinces like Azerbaijan and Isfahan take part in this fair. Apart from Iranians, many foreigners including carpet producers show great attention. Comprehensive information is provided for them and I may conclude that the fair reached its goals.
Stating his impressions on the fair, one visitor said “Although I have not had a chance to see other countries’ carpets, I do believe Iranian carpet is much better. Especially the ones that are used for decorative purposes and three dimensional carpets attract my interest.”
In Iran weaving a carpet is very similar with drawing a portrait. Therefore, this fair is like an art gallery where priceless portraits are presented. Another producer explained the ‘reproduction’ process noting“We collected old carpets from bazaar and make them white by drawing and washing and draw again. Meanwhile we fix them when necessary.”
Silk carpets 12th $
An important component of Iranian culture, the silk carpets are very expensive when their prices are compared to the other Iranian carpets which are also not so cheap. The average price for them is around 12 thousand dollar.
A producer said Iranian carpet manufacturer discovered Turkey is a proper market for lucrative business and told they decided to open a shop in Istanbul. He said “The colors of our carpets are completely natural. These colors are produced by the wool collected in spring. In thirty years ago, these colors were used only in Iranian villages. But they are now exported to Europe and other markets.”
Kuzey News AgencyLast Mod: 22 Ekim 2013, 15:00