Photos by Ehsan Kamaly, Mehr News Agency
BOJNOURD, North Khorassan Province -- These photos show weaving of Kurdish design kilims in Iran's North Khorassan province. The term kilim originates from the Persian gelim where it means 'to spread roughly'. Various forms of the word are used in other languages.
Kilims are flat tapestry-woven carpets or rugs produced from the Balkans to Pakistan, including in Iran. Kilims can be purely decorative or can function as prayer rugs. Kilims are now a popular form of floor-coverings in Western households.
Kilim is considered a typical handicraft in most Iranian provinces. In particular, in the in the regions where nomads reside, the kilim is one of the most ancient hand-woven works. Kilim has been produced in Iran for centuries. Despite the fact that all kilims woven in Iran enjoy the same general weaving techniques, each work has its own uniqueness and geometric design which even laymen can distinguish.
Related Book: Persian Flatweaves by Parviz Tanavoli (2007)
Photos: The Blind Kilim Weaver of Meybod
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