The name of Iran seems to have been woven in the warp and weft of carpet. Carpet is an inseparable part of Iranian identity.
Every Iranian is born, grows, lives and dies with a relationship to carpet, whether he is aware or unaware of this relationship. No other country has such a rich tradition in carpet and can boast such grandeur and level of perfection in this art. That’s why we have separated carpet tour from handicrafts tour because we believe carpet is not merely an art or craft or the most important export commodity (third to oil and pistachio), but is also part of the cultural identity of Iran and of any Iranian. Iranian carpet industry employs more than two million people directly and ten million people indirectly and deserves more attention than any other art, industry or trade in Iran.
Climatic, ethnic and cultural diversity of Iran has influenced every aspect of life in this country. We can see various types of clothes, foods, buildings, beliefs, myths and dreams under one big umbrella that is the Iranian identity. This is the same principle we see in Iranian carpet, architecture and mysticism; the principle of “unity in multiplicity” which is so central to Iranian schools of thought. That’s why knowing Iranian carpet is in fact knowing a big part of Iranian culture.
The Carpet Tour includes all direct and indirect aspects of Iranian carpet and provides an opportunity for you to observe the entire chain of this industry; from the first stage of raw material procurement (wool, silk, yarn) through to dyeing, design, weaving, repair and restoration, visiting universities and educational centers, speaking to the most distinguished carpet designers, weavers, sellers, exporters, cultural and art institutions, connoisseurs, museums, collectors, local workshops in small villages and major carpet weaving centers, rural and nomadic carpet centers as well as rules and regulations on investment and export. You can watch different types of carpets of major centers like Isfahan, Shiraz, Kerman, Kashan,
Tabriz, Qom and so on at the production site and beside the local weaver.
The duration of tour depends on your interest and need. It may include the entire stages described above or be customized based on your needs and interests and is fully flexible.
For further information and to receive the tour program, please contact us.