1005 GMT August 13, 2022
The northwestern province of Qazvin has long been one of the main hubs of handicraft production. Valuable artworks made by the artisans of the land are kept in many museums located in Iran and various parts of the world.
Some of the handicrafts produced in the region fulfilled the daily requirements of local people and the others helped introduce the glory and richness of the land which was once the capital of Iran, chtn.ir reported.
Efforts are underway to register the Sa’d al-Saltaneh Handicraft Market on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Achieving the goal not only would lead to the prosperity of the handicrafts sector, but also help attract a large number of Iranian and foreign tourists to the province.
The required documents have been sent to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) but the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has postponed the registration process.
The world registration of the handicraft market is seriously pursued by the Handicraft and Traditional Art Department of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Ministry. Such a progress will create a proper capacity for the handicrafts industry in the northwestern Iranian province.
The handicraft market of Sa’d al-Saltaneh Cultural and Historical Complex, dating back to the Qajar Era, is located next to the old bazaar of Qazvin. Various handcrafts including kilim, jajim (a type of traditional floor covering), pottery, copper works and Persian miniatures are displayed and sold in 170 shops of the market.
Meanwhile, Andaj village, located in the Alamut region of Qazvin, was registered as the National Village of Alamut Kilim in the past Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20).
Valuable handicrafts are produced by skilled craftspeople living in the Alamut region with several thousand years of history. The national registration of Andaj village, the hub of kilim weaving, helped increase the reputation of the region. The move would lead to the economic and cultural prosperity of the province and help provide a unique opportunity for local officials to improve the tourism sector of the region and introduce the handicrafts of the village to people all over the country.
Andaj village, which is surrounded by rivers and eye-catching rocks, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area.
About $2 million worth of handicrafts, including glass and leather products, pottery, kilims and traditional jewelry were exported from the province to a number of foreign countries including the Persian Gulf littoral states, the Caucasus, Germany and Italy during the past Iranian year.