It’s been a long time since I wrote my last blog. After a hectic 2 months getting prepared for the demands of my kids, one of my princess (queen of inconsistency in eating) insisted to take her out and as a family ritual, it was global village visit.
Global village – a place where you are drawn to buy a lot of things. A world heritage at one place. Last year visit to turkey & Morocco pavilions were truly amazing. And this year it’s Iran (I like to stop over not more than 2 pavilions each year)
The Iran Pavilion designed with ancient Persian civilization, beautiful miniatures, paintings and many more of their authentic products at a wide variety were kept. My 32-minute visit to the pavilion was truly entertaining, tempting with endless shops and lovely theme. One of the iconic products in Iran is the Persian carpets. Other than the global village, Blue Souq in Sharjah, Carpet Souq in Al Mina, Abu Dhabi are the prominent places for Persian carpets.
The Persian carpet history dates back some 2500 years ago. They are known for its richness in colour, design quality and spectacular artistic patterns. The carpets were done with great technical skills, precisely knotted as pile carpet with ornamental designs, motifs and floral designs. This goes same with the Pazyryk (first hand knotted the oldest carpet) which lasts more than 100 years. Persians were considered as pioneers in carpet weaving during ancient times as they have a high class of perfection, precise use of stones and golden threads, creativity (some carpet represent 4 seasons)and candid.
Carpet weaving is considered a widespread handicraft in Iran and its neighbouring places involves and painstaking intensive labour and high volume of time. The quintessence of elegance imparting floral designs with sumptuous jewelled toned accents skirted with pastels and ivory base, an extravagant attack on all your senses!!
The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi houses in their main prayer room one of the largest extraordinary Persian carpets. The carpet was hand oven, knots hand tied with more than 1000 weavers from Iran using around 40 tons of wool /cotton covers an area of approximately 60,000 square feet weighing 12 tonnes. The carpet predominates with green, surrounding yellowish beige with motifs harmoniously designed which took 1.5 years to complete. With its intricate interplay between colors and designs, knotting carpets by hands, an original natural carpet make takes years in making.
A perfect Persian Carpet will have 120 knots per square inch with geometric, floral, traditional, tribal-based on the area they are woven from. To figure out the difference between bend carpet to expose the individual threads from the base to tip. Natural colors tend to show difference while synthetic dyed ones will be even. [As informed by a carpet vendor]
The carpets posing visual treat forming aerial webbing, delicate strokes of a thread, stomped textures spun with long wool, this weaving craftsmanship renaissance still need to be rediscovered and relived