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National Carpet Day: celebration of a rich cultural heritage

Persian carpets, also called Iranian carpets, have a history dating back to ancient Persia, about 2,500 years ago. They are mentioned in historical texts and admired by historians and travelers from all over the world.

Furthermore, they are an integral part of many aspects of Iranian life, from everyday use to special occasions such as weddings and religious ceremonies. They also appear in Persian literature and poetry and symbolize beauty, artistry and cultural pride.

On National Carpet Day, various events and activities are organized across the country to celebrate this cherished art form. Exhibitions showcase the finest examples of Persian carpets, highlighting the unique features of various regional styles such as Tabriz, Isfahan, Kashan, Kerman and Qom, to name a few. In addition, regional workshops and seminars are held to provide insight into this meticulous craftsmanship.

The occasion also underlines the economic importance of the industry which provides employment to hundreds of thousands of people, especially in rural areas.

In addition to their appeal, Persian carpets represent the cultural, social and economic fabric of Iranian society. In fact, every corner of the Iranian territory has its own distinctive style, patterns and techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation.

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