Textiles of the Middle East

 

Iran’s World Peace Carpet

In 2009 I had the opportunity to take part in Iran’s World Peace Carpet, a project sponsored by UNESCO.  Click to see more pictures of this event.

Practicing knots before making one on the Peace Carpet. The silk warp threads were strung so closely together that it took a needle-like crochet hook to work the threads apart.

 Practicing knots before making one on the Peace Carpet. The silk warp threads were strung so closely together that it took a needle-like crochet hook to work the threads apart.

Nomadic Weavers

Images of present-day nomadic weavers in Iran, compliments of carpet seller and designer, Leslie Attiyeh, Attiyeh International

A weaver making a knotted pile carpet

A weaver making a knotted pile carpet.

 

Abbas Sayahi

A dye master from Shiraz, Iran. Click the image to see pictures from my visit to his dye shop.

Abbas Sayahi and Meghan Nuttall Sayres at the World Peace Carpet, Saad Abad Historical Complex, Tehran, Iran.

 Abbas Sayahi and Meghan Nuttall Sayres at the World Peace Carpet,
Saad Abad Historical Complex, Tehran, Iran.

Ramazan Rezai

A master weaver from Yazd, Iran, whose talent extends also to reciting the poetry of Hafez and Omar Khayyam. Click the image to see more.

Ramazan Raezi repairing one of several thousand silk warp threads on his loom.

Ramazan Raezi repairing one of several thousand silk warp threads on his loom.