Zarif referred to the late Seirafian as the donator of one of the world's most valuable hand-woven carpets to the UN while “I was Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations," IRNA reported.
"This carpet serves as a permanent account of the humane and global view of the ancient Iranian culture and civilization," said the Iranian top diplomat.
In 2005, the carpet, one of the world's most valuable hand-woven carpets, was hung on the wall of the UN Headquarters in New York.
It is characterized by its unique motifs and design and each centimeter of it contains 200 knots all tied by hand. Traditional natural colors have been applied to the carpet, which are resistant to sunshine and become more attractive through time.
Born in the ancient city of Isfahan in central Iran, the late Seirafian wove the 25-square-meter carpet in 10 years.
One of the special features of the carpet is that the famous verse from the prominent Iranian poet, Sheikh Musleh-Uddin Sa'di Shirazi (1184-1291 AD), Oneness of Mankind has been woven into it in pure gold.
Meanwhile, the English translation of the verse installed next to the carpet attracts the attention of viewers and makes them wonder at the majesty of Iran's culture and civilization as well as the wisdom of Iranians.
The verse reads:
“All human beings are members of one frame,
Since all, at first, from the same essence came.
When time afflicts a limb with pain
The other limbs at rest cannot remain.
If thou feel not for other’s misery
A human being is no name for thee."