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When is Kashan rose water festival?

The name of Kashan is tied to her rose water, and Kashan rose water festival attracts many to this city every year. The festival begins in May and ends in June (May 5th to June...

Persian New Year, or Nowruz!

The holiday of spring and renewal, celebrated by millions of people worldwide, dates back thousands of years. In Iran, the idea of “spring cleaning” isn’t just a seasonal excuse to gut your closet; it’s...

An Ode To Oriental Rugs

The vintage Orientals still had deep reds next to faded shades of crimson. Old books on this classic style of rugs describe how, long ago, the men of the family sheared the wool from...

How to Buy an Oriental or Persian Rug Online

Online sales of Oriental rugs have increased in the last few years. If you are considering buying an Oriental rug online, this article may be of value to you. In seeking information on Persian [woven in...

How Oriental Rugs are Named

The name of a particular rug can come from many different sources. The name of a rug DOES NOT denote quality or value. There are wonderful and not so wonderful rugs of every single...

Persian carpet and its patterns

The history of Persian Carpet -a culmination of artistic magnificence- dates back to 2,500 years ago. The Iranians were among the pioneer carpet weavers of the ancient civilizations, having achieved a superlative degree of...

A Brief History of Persian Rugs in Iran

Iran has a global reputation for its rugs, which are an integral part of the Iranian culture. It seems almost ironic that they are thrown on the floor and walked on, considering the time-consuming, labor-intensive...

How to Tell if a Persian Rug Is Valuable

Owning a Persian carpet is like owning a valuable piece of history. Genuine carpets from Iran, formerly known as Persia, are treasured by collectors world-wide. Famed for the beauty of their patterns, their intricately...

Five facts about Persian carpets

* The Persian carpet is said to date back 2,500 years and the sector remains a big export earner and employer, with foreign sales of $635 million in 2005, most of it hand-woven, according...

Symbols and Motifs of Oriental Rugs

Symbols and Motifs of Oriental Rugs Star – Spirituality, Good Luck Numbers – Signify Dates and Times Mihrab – Gateway to Paradise Herati – Water Garden, Fish-Mahi Hand – Prayer Rug Diamond – Signifies women. Two diamonds attached together represent...

Oriental rugs: the meanings behind the designs

Louise Broadhurst, Head of Christie’s Oriental Rugs & Carpets department, reveals how she reads 10 distinct designs When one understands where a design has come from and what its symbols stand for, it becomes...

Kilims and Colors

Kiz-Kilim The women weave their kilims for three purposes: Before marriage they weave for their dowry. Practical items needed for their dowry. For funerals and the mosques. The kilims gain certain character in these...