Iran Rug Tour

Iran Rug Tour: Shiraz to Kerman 2

It may look like a scene form the movie "Grease" but no, it is just the boys on one corner of the street and the girls at the other end of the street in a village. Probably gossiping about each other and too shy to talk to each other. Some more photos of our stop near Neyriz More

Iran Rug Tour: Shiraz to Kerman

After leaving Shiraz in the Fars Province our next destinaion was Kerman with a stop in Sirjan for lunch. Kerman which is both a city and province in southeastern Iran and is approx. 600kms from Shiraz. Kerman was once famed for its hand woven shawls and beautiful carpets. Sadly production of both are now in decline. Rice is a large part ... More

Iran Rug Tour: Luri Tribe 3

Once again we were made to feel very welcome. A cup of tea for us all.  Everyone seemed very interested to meet us and find out where we were from. I was one of a few Australians they had met and they couldn't understand why I had travelled so far. The kids all seemed happy and contented. More

Iran Rug Tour: Luri Tribe 2

As you can see, a tribal carpet is very different from the loom to the rug merchant to you. It is very dirty and dusty. After it is cut off the loom it will be transported to Tehran for finishing. This will involve securing the ends,selvages, also it will be dusted, chemically washed, blocked (when rugs are taken from the loom and are not ... More

Iran Rug Tour: Luri Tribe

We were invited for a late lunch on our way back to Shiraz by the local leader of of the Luri people, situated in the Zagros ountains in south western Iran. If anyone is thinking of travelling to Iran, please take extreme caution. There is a huge chance that you will be over fed. They are tribally organised and still to a great extent ... More

Iran Rug Tour: Qashqa’i Nomads 3

The many faces of the Qashqa'i people. As we were there guests for the day, they donned their finest clothes and made us feel most welcome. We were all humbled by the effort that was put in to make our day memorable. More

Iran Rug Tour: Qashqa’i Nomads 2

Here we see a typical Qashqa'i temporary encampment. Even with what we see as a basic way of life, they were more than happy to invite us to share some food and tea with them. More

Iran Rug Tour: Qashqa’i Nomads

Here I am up close and personal with one the women who weave these beautiful Gabbeh rugs. The hand spun, vegetable dyed wool is supplied by the Zollanvari Company and taken back to the tribal people for weaving. The traditional tribal groups generally know how to weave and do not need guidance. More

Iran Rug Tour: Persepolis

  About 60kms north east of Shiraz in Fars Province, Iran, we visited the ancient site of Persepolis. This was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BC. More

Iran Rug Tour: Qur’an Gate

Traditionally, travellers leaving Shiraz passed under this gate and were blessed. Stored above the arch was an ancient copy of the Qur'an, this has since been removed to preserve it. The road has also been realigned so it no longer passes below the arch, so we got of our vehicle  and walked below the arch for a blessing. More