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.
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.
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.
We were fortunate that our hosts the Zollanvari brothers had an organised trip for our group in 4WD vehicles to reach the Qashqa’i nomads in their winter camp. We travelled from Shiraz deep into the Fars Province. Along the way, we saw nomads driving their sheep and goats down from the mountains to winter pastures.
These wooden doors have male and female knockers, so that the people inside could tell by the sound who was at the door.
The male door knocker is rigid and heavy that makes a strong sound. People inside the house would be informed that a man is behind the door. The feminine door knocker is curly and ring like and makes a ...
Spinning involves a series of operations to make the wool into a usable yarn. After being scoured (washed), carded, sorted, combed then roved (rolled or pulled into long,loose yarn) the wool is ready.
Here we have Afshar women from near the town of Sirjan, in Southern Iran, using a hand spindle. Spindle-spun wool ...
I had the opportunity to travel to Iran (Persia) to tour rug weaving areas and washing facilities. Our host was Mr. Reza Zollanvari, his family company ZollanvariAG is famous for producing high quality Gabbeh Carpets.
I travelled with a group of rug washing professionals from around the world and we visited such diverse ...
2017 is going to be a busy year for us at RugWash and as such we are changing our trading hours to better suit your rug washing needs:
Monday: 7:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 7:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 7:00am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 7:00am - 5:30pm
Friday: 7:00am - 3:30pm
The RugWash team wish you a safe and happy holiday season. Please note we will be closed during the following days
Thursday 15th December: Closed
Friday 23rd December – Sunday 8th January: Closed
Monday 9th January: Reopen and back to standard business hours
Over this time we will still be taking phone ...
To our valued RugWash customers…..
RugWash is thrilled to have been invited by the Master Rug Cleaners and Association of Rug Cleaning Specialists to join a select group of experienced rug washing professionals from around the world on a tour of rug weaving areas and rug cleaning facilities in Iran.
This is a once in a ...