Experts discuss traces of Persian rugs in literature

TEHRAN — A number of novelists and short stories are scheduled to discuss the impact of Persian rugs and carpets on Iranian literature.

The meeting titled “Carpet Through Stories” will be held at the Carpet Museum of Iran in downtown Tehran on Tuesday evening, CHTN reported.

Featuring a wide variety of patterns, themes, and colors, Persian rugs have been a mainstay of Iranian homes, their stories, and their stories for millennia.

The speakers for the event are Houshang Moradi Kermani, Majid Qeysari and Samira Arami, according to organizers.

Persian rugs are sought after for their attractive features, intricate designs and convenience. Experts say medallion designs are arguably the most distinctive feature of Persian rugs.

Each Persian rug is a scene that seems ageless, a process that can take up to a year, these efforts have long placed Iranian rugs among the most intricate and exacting handicrafts in the world. When the weaving is finally finished, the rug is cut, washed and placed in the sun to dry.

The weavers spend several months in front of a loom threading and knotting thousands of threads. Some practice established patterns, others invent their own.

Throughout history, invaders, politicians and even enemies have left their mark on Iranian carpets. As mentioned by Britannica Encyclopedia, little is known about Persian rug making before the 15th century, when the art was already approaching its peak.

For example, the Mongol invasion of the 13th century depressed the artistic life of Persia, only partially restored by the renaissance under the Mongol Il-Khan dynasty (1256–1353). Although the conquests of Timur (died 1405) were in many ways disastrous for Persia, he favored craftsmen and spared them to work on his great palaces in Samarkand.

Later in the 17th century there was a growing demand for the production of so many gold and silver thread carpets that were eventually exported to Europe. Some were made in Kashan, but many of the best came from Isfahan. With their fresh colors and opulence, they have affinities with the European idioms of the Renaissance and the Baroque.

At the end of the 17th century, nomads and townspeople were still making carpets using dyes developed over the centuries, each group maintaining an authentic tradition. Not made for an impatient Western market, these more humble “low school” rugs are often beautifully designed and are of good materials and techniques.


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