If you know where to look, you’ll find quite peculiar items in the Bazaar of Tehran, such as this figurative carpet displayed by Javad. Another merchant, who preferred to stay anonymous, granted him permission to show it to us. It comes from a specialized (and clandestine) workshop in Tarbiz, in Northwestern Iran. Javad praises its quality: wool weaving on silk weft, 90 asymmetrical Persian knots by square centimeter, 2,000 Euros to debate. Carpets have been the most refined expression of Persian art for the past three millenniums. They represent the paradise of eternal spring, often symbolized by a garden bathed in soft light and fertile fresh air. Carpets are the protected land of dreams, abandon, and sensual hedonism, allowing the soul to take flight.


Reza and Amin run a carpet shop in the east of Teheran. They are specialized in “tableau” carpets, the ones you hang on walls rather walk on.


Examples of “tableau” carpets.


Examples of “tableau” carpets.


Examples of “tableau” carpets.

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