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|Iranian weavers making an $8.5m giant carpet for
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More than 1,200 village women have started weaving a giant carpet worth $8.5 million
that will be the world's largest hand-knotted carpet ever. It will be made for the Shaikh
Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Iran Carpet Company with more 70 years of Persian rug
weaving history is the contactor of this huge carpet.
Weaving this carpet which will be 6,000 square meters, bigger than a football stadium
and weighing about 48 tons will take about 14 months for the weavers who will work
two shifts daily. It will be decorated with traditional Persian designs and natural colors
with more than 2.2 billion knots.
The weaving began in March 2006 in Baghshan, 22 kilometers from the city of
Neyshabour, a village 800 km northeast of Tehran, and two nearby villages, close to
the city of Mashad in Khorassan Province, north east of Iran.
The weavers are all experienced women between ages of 15 and 60, supervised by
50 men acting as technical experts who will travel to Abu Dhabi to join the pieces at
the mosque once the carpet is completed. The carpet will be made in 8 different parts.
The project has revived carpet economy in northeastern Iran which has a long history
of carpet making.
Up to now, the world's largest carpet was in the Qabus Azam Mosque in Muscat,
Oman. It also was the work of Iranian carpet weavers and shipped to Oman in 2000.
This carpet was also made by Iran Carpet Company. It had an area of 5,000 square
meters, weighing about 22 tons and was valued at $5.2 million.
Below, you may see the design of this magnificent carpet.
|The biggest Carpet in the World