Sunday, September 25, 2005
IRAN HOPES TO CREATE ANOTHER "MAGIC" CARPET
Iran is seeking to revive its carpet industry by weaving the world's biggest rug, which will weigh 35 tons, cover 7,100 square yards and cost $8.2 million. Two working shifts of 1,000 weavers working for fourteen months nonstop will soon start work. Hand-woven carpets are Iran's top non-oil export, but the industry has been hit by cheaper knockoffs made in Pakistan, China and India. The picture above shows the current record-holder: a hand-woven, single-piece carpet in the main praying hall of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat.