TEHRAN, Nov. 21 (Mehr News Agency) -- The process of weaving the Carpet of World Peace and Friendship was officially inaugurated at the Sadabad Historical Complex in the presence of several Iranian and foreign officials on Wednesday.
Director of the UNESCO Office in Tehran Qunli Han, who was among the participants, made the opening speech and said that the Carpet of World Peace and Friendship is a concrete example of respecting human rights and humanity.
The carpet indicates Iran's interest in peace and friendship by means of the art of Persian carpet weaving for which it is world wide famous, he remarked.
Sadabad director Eshrat Shayeq was next who commented, "We Iranians selected the intricate knots and magnificent patterns of Persian carpet to deliver our message of peace to the world."
"The language and character of Persian carpets is familiar to everyone and those whose hearts beat for peace can tie a knot on this carpet and share in its message," he added.
He went on to say, "We believe that we can help boost peace and friendship through unity and transform political conflicts into dialogues of friendship."
Germany futsal team members as well as several other officials from UNESCO office in Tehran were also among the participants.
In addition, the musical group "Ruh-Afza" gave a live performance, and the ceremony ended with several guests symbolically tying knots on the carpet.
The project began in early summer at the Sadabad complex, and 180 guests including art, cultural, sports, and political figures so far tied have a knot on the carpet.
The 2 x 1.5 meter carpet will be completed by artists from Tabriz and when finished, will be handed over to officials at the UN headquarters in Paris.
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