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Yesterday I showed the wool yarns from the bazaar in Shiraz. I liked the colours. Maybe they were natural colours obtained from plants or insects. And maybe the yarn would be used in carpet weaving. Here three photos of carpets that are sold on the bazaar.
A Persian carpet is a heavy textile made for a wide variety of utilitarian and symbolic purposes and produced in Iran (historically known as Persia), for home use, local sale, and export. Carpet weaving is an essential part of Persian culture and Iranian art. Within the group of Oriental rugs produced by the countries of the so-called "rug belt", the Persian carpet stands out by the variety and elaborateness of its manifold designs.
In 2010, the "traditional skills of carpet weaving" in Fars Province and Kashan were inscribed to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.

The beginning of carpet weaving remains unknown, as carpets are subject to use, deterioration, and destruction by insects and rodents.
In most Persian rugs, the pile is of sheep's wool. Its characteristics and quality vary from each area to the next, depending on the breed of sheep, climatic conditions, pasturage, and the particular customs relating to when and how the wool is shorn and processed. Different areas of a sheep's fleece yield different qualities of wool,
Traditional dyes used in Persian rugs are obtained from plants and insects.
The most famous Persian carpet is the Ardabil
The most expensive carpet in the world is a 17th-century Persian vase style carpet, afshar collection which was sold in June 2013 in an London auction for $33.8m.
The "Carpet of Wonder" in the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, in the Sultanate of Oman, measures 4,343 square metres. Its construction required four years of labour by 600 workers, resulting in 12 million man hours of work.
Iran is also the maker of the largest handmade carpet in history, measuring 5,624.9 square metres

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