News ID: 323112
Published: 1044 GMT July 26, 2022

Anbaran: Cradle of kilim-weaving industry

Anbaran: Cradle of kilim-weaving industry
ardabilchto.ir

Iranica Desk

Anbaran, a city in the northwestern province of Ardebil, is the cradle of kilim-weaving industry in Iran.

Thanks to the originality and beauty of kilims, Anbaran, which has been registered as the National City of Kilims, is known as a world famous city. Therefore, in addition to the generation of revenues for the residents of the region, the artistic industry caused the city to become a famous tourist destination in the country, chtn.ir reported.

The kilims produced by the women artisans in Anbaran are usually woven from the wool of domestic animals that are native to the region. The artworks which are used as floor coverings and home decorative items are given to some Iranian brides as dowry.

The colorful knots of the valuable craft have been inspired by the beautiful seasons and pleasant nature of the region. The colorful and beautiful images created by the artisans of the hand-woven fabrics caress the eyes of every viewer.

Anbaran’s kilim is one of the oldest Iranian rugs that have survived from olden times. Given that significant changes have not been made in the texture and designs of the kilim during the past centuries, the traditional and mythological motifs of the handicraft reflect the wishes and needs of the people who lived in the area in ancient times.

The managing director of Ardebil Province’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization said that about 4,000 kilim weavers are active in the province, 2,000 of whom are in Anbaran.

He added that kilims woven in the city are exported to several European and Asian countries, pointing out that although the outbreak of COVID-19 has led to a decrease in the export of handicrafts, plans have been devised to introduce the artwork to countries from all over the world.

Tohid Delavari, deputy head of the province’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization for handicraft affairs said that about 120,000 square meters of kilims are produced in Anbaran annually. About 30 percent of the kilims produced in Anbaran are exported to foreign countries.

 “Efforts are made to hold permanent and seasonal handicraft exhibitions in Anbaran,” he said, pointing out that the move not only would lead to an increase in kilim production but also help generate jobs in the region.

Kilim is a flat tapestry-woven carpet produced by interweaving warp and weft strands. The weft strands which carry the designs and colors are woolen, while the hidden warp strands can be wool or cotton. Weaving kilim is a feminine chore and in a tribe or village all hand-woven fabrics are made by the women and young girls.

Kilim is known for its geometric and abstract motifs, with a fantastic harmony of forms and colors.

 

   
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