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The oldest Iranian handmade carpet was discovered in 1949 in the second stage of the Russian archaeological excavation, Rudenko, in the Pazyryk region, called the Pazyryk carpet. During the period of Iranian carpet evolution, its raw material, wool, and silk have been tied up in Iranian noble roles. The natural progression of the skill and craft involved in the creation of these works of art has been passed down from generation to generation. Geographical dispersion and variation in design, texture, and dyeing of fibers indicate the influence of carpet on the Iranian lifestyle.
In this 13-day trip, the “Persian Carpet” can only be part of the Persian carpet culture that belongs to the central Iranian regions. In fact, Persian carpets are not limited to these areas, and carpet from western parts of the country include Kurdistan and Lorestan, the eastern part of Sistan and Baluchistan, and the northern section, including Golestan and Mazandaran, are also very valuable Artistic and handicraft.
This itinerary is very valuable in terms of artistic and educational aspects and includes a visit to the carpets of each region and its production workshops as well as workshops to Acquaintancethem. If you are interested in familiarizing yourself with the ancient Persian carpet as a lifestyle and authentic art, join us on this journey.
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3* and 4* hotels / Traditional House
A.C Minibus / Van / Private car
1 domestic flight
2 bottles of water/fruits/snacks per day
– Hotel check-in time generally is at 2:00 PM. So, according to your arrival time, if you need early check-in you must book an extra day.
– The price includes double and twin rooms in Hotels. Obviously, single rooms cost an extra fee.
– Private or single rooms are not available in some traditional local houses. No Bed, but sleeping equipment is traditional comfortable Mattresses and Blankets.
– Use Minibus / Van / Private car depending on your group size
– Vegetarian dishes are also possible upon request.
– The priority in sightseeing may be changed. It is due to the time of your arrival, your guide’s discretion, and official and unofficial holidays of some museums. Also, some activities in the itinerary may be changed depending on the weather conditions.
Welcome to Iran! Arrival at Imam Khomeini International Airport; greeted by the guide and transferred to the hotel. We will meet again in the early evening for a briefing of our Persian Carpet Tour and a welcome dinner.
In Tehran we will visit the Carpet museum to familiarize with Iranian Carpets. Then we pay a visit to Tehran’s Carpet Bazaar in Tehran Grand (Bazaar) Market.
In the morning take a flight to Shiraz, one of the greatest cities in carpet weaving. In Shiraz, we will visit its carpet and rug Bazaar called Vakil Bazaar. It is located in the old part of the city. So, besides of carpet, we will visit Vakil Complex (Bath, Bazaar, Arg, and …).
We will visit a Carpet workshop and atelier and familiarize ourselves with techniques of carpet weaving. Then visit Fars Carpet museum, The museum whose historic building dates back to the Safavids period, to see the traditional carpets. At the end of the day, we will visit some carpet galleries.
The carpet of Shiraz is woven with an asymmetric knot and has an average of 120 knots per square inch (KPSI 120) and its knot density is KPSM 160,000 (up to 80000 knots per square meter). However, the density of the knot is higher, the quality of the carpet is also higher. All carpets of Shiraz are carefully woven with all the tastes, and even the carpets with a lower number of knots are of no lower quality.
In the morning we drive to Yazd. En-route depend on the season, we may be able to visit to the nomad’s campsite and explore their carpet weaving handicraft. After checking in the room in Yazd Traditional Hotel/House and a short break, we will go to visit the Yazd historic city*. The first place we visit is the Fire temple. It enshrines the Atash Bahram, meaning “Victorious Fire”, dated to 470 AD. Then we visit the Tower of Silence, where the bodies of the deceased were placed, to avoid contaminating the earth as a Zoroastrian funerary tradition. The Jameh Mosque of Yazd is the grand, congregational mosque (Jameh) of Yazd city.
Yazd is best known for carpets with charming patterns, pile less carpets, tirma, brocaded silk, velvet, blankets, and bed-cloths.
Today is Yazd Carpet material tour. We will pay a visit to a carpet and brocaded silk workshop in the town surroundings. In the afternoon after having a traditional Yazd lunch, we will visit Carpet Bazaar.
In the morning we will drive to Ardakan, a small town known for its great kilim and rugs and will visit workshops of handicrafts like carpet, rug and Clay in Ardakan. After a traditional lunch in Ardakan, we move towards one of the Iranian carpet piers, the Naein city. In the textile industry, Naein’s reputation in the previous years was a very delicate special wear texture that was woven from camel wool, but at the same time it lost its boom and the people of this city also replaced carpet weaving.
In the morning we will drive (2 h) for Isfahan, one of the oldest cities in Iran which is famous for silk carpets and handicraft weaving. In Isfahan, we can find Carpet weaving, brocade weaving, kilim (or a coarse carpet), enamel work, and some other handy craft workshops. You can have your own free program in the afternoon and visit the Naqshe Jahan complex. On Thursday night, I suggest that you do not miss the bridge of Si-o-Se-Pol and Khaju bridge and sing indoors under the bridge. Due to the architecture of the bridge and the ability to play the sound of it, on Thursday night music enthusiasts come together in this place.
Today, we will visit carpet Bazaar, and have a chance to be familiar with different types of carpet, rugs and etc. waved in Isfahan and visit ateliers and carpet weaving workshops available. Also, you can join the artists and try your ingenuity in carpet weaving.
Today we have a half-day free time to shop and enjoy. After lunch, we drive to Kashan (2.30 h) a desert city with a variety of attractions. In the afternoon we will visit the Ouyi underground city. It would be so interesting to see a city that was built in the underground that dates back 1500 years to the pre-Islamic Sassanid era.
The city of the most beautiful silk carpets in Persia. Kashan carpet has a global reputation and is the brand of this city. We will visit Kashan carpet Bazaar and Workshops as well. Besides that, we try to visit some touristic attractions of the city such as old historical houses like Tabatabaei, Borujerdi, or Abbasian and Fin Persian Garden*.
In the not early morning we go to visit a couple of shops in Kashan, after that drive to Qom one the best city in silk carpet weaving. We will pay visit to Qom’s bazaar, and the holy shrine of Fatima Masumeh.
As Tehran’s IMAM KHOMEINI AIRPORT is near Qom, we will transfer to the airport directly. Flight back home