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The World's Largest Rug Is Made
World's largest carpet finished in Iran's Neishabour
Feb, 23 2007


Iranian carpet weavers have completed the world's largest carpet in the city of
Neishabur, northeast Iran.

The carpet will be brought down in separate pieces from the looms Friday in a
special ceremony attended by local officials.

The carpet measures 6,000 square meters, contains over 2 billion knots and has
been woven with 35000 kg of wool and 12000 kg of cotton. It took a year to finish,
Iran's Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN) has reported.

The design of the carpet is called "Toranj Afshan" - a composition of flowers, leaves,
branches and plants scattered in different directions.

The project was launched upon an order by the Unites Arab Emirates and Iran's
Carpet Company in Neishabur. It was woven on nine separate looms and will be
attached together in the Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab
Emirates.

It took 1200 weavers to complete the carpet whose value is estimated to be $8.2
million.

Iranian weavers had previously finished two other large-size carpet projects. They
included a carpet measuring 5,000 square meters and another measuring 400
square meters which were woven in Isfahan and Khorasan provinces, respectively.

The Persian Carpet is one of the most distinguishable manifestations of Persian art
and culture, renowned for their richness of color, variety of patterns and quality of
design.

Kashan, Isfahan, Tabriz, Mashhad, Kerman, Qom, Nain, Sanandaj, Arak and
Hamedan are considered as the cradles of Iran's traditional carpet industry.

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