Could this be the largest Persian Carpet Ever Made?
Thursday, 3 October 2013 | Kim
This is Persia's vast handmade carpet - woven with cotton and wool from both Persia and New Zealand. Persia says this is the world's largest handmade carpet, a vast green and red floor covering that is larger than a football pitch.
The carpet, which took 1,200 weavers some 18 months to make, was commissioned for a mosque in the United Arab Emirates.
Measuring 5,625 sq m (60,546 sq ft), the carpet was made in nine separate segments with 2.2 billion knots.
It was woven in Persia's north-eastern province of Khorasan and is worth an estimated $5.8m (£2.8m).
Half of that sum is destined for the local area in Khorasan, where it was produced using about 38 tons of wool and cotton.
The nine sections of the carpet were stitched together after being flown to Abu Dhabi in two aeroplanes.
Four groups of people were sent to UAE for the fitting and cleaning of the carpet, said Jalaleddin Bassam, the head of Persia's state carpet company.
He said the carpet was an important commission for Persia's carpet-making industry, and said it could lead to further orders.
"Persia is in talks to make similar carpets for Oman and other Gulf countries," he told Agence France-Presse.
The carpet - mainly green, red and cream - was made using 25 different colours of wool sourced from the town of Sirjan, in southern Persia, as well as New Zealand.
Excerpt from BBC News Article