Third Largest Persian Rug in the World
Third Largest Persian Rug in the World Makes It’s Debut – It took 400 skilled weavers and almost a year and a half of work for the masterpiece to be created. The third largest Persian rug in the world was finally unveiled at Tehran’s International Fairground to great fanfare this year.
Glowing with vibrant color and exceptional detail, the 3.2 million dollar rug is a feat of contemporary craftsmanship. But its design, rooted in a tradition over 2,500 years ago, still holds the romance of its antique counterparts.
“It’s very traditional,” says Nazmiyal’s Omri Schwartz. “This carpet resembles the designs of the famous Ardabil carpet.”
Dating back to the 1530’s, the Ardabil carpet was originally made for the shrine of Shaykh Safi al- Din Ardabili, a spiritual figure from Northern Iran. The Ardabil design is composed of a medallion surrounded by a ring of oval shapes, similar to the style woven throughout Iran’s new carpet. Commissioned by the country of Oman, this rug will also have a spiritual home in the Amin Mosque in Muscat.
The unveiling of the third largest Persian rug in the world marks a momentous moment for Iranians. Iran is home to an estimated 1.2 billion weavers. Since ancient times, the tradition of carpet weaving has been a significant aspect of the Iranian culture.
Aside from oil, Iran relies on carpet exports as a means of income. More than five million square meters of carpet are sold each year both domestically and internationally. The country takes pride in the distinguished work, a manifestation that they will never be lost.
By: Yasaman Vojdani