The largest kilim of Iran has been woven in Namin County, Ardebil Province, northwestern of the country. The 24-square-meter kilim was woven by 10 kilim weavers over the course of one month.
According to the ECO Cultural Institute, in the presence of the Governor of Ardabil, the Director General of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts of Ardabil Province and a group of provincial and city officials, the largest kilim of Iran with an area of 24 square meters in the exhibition of handicrafts of Namin city was unveiled to be registered in the name of Namin.
In the ceremony the Governor of Ardabil, Akbar Behnamjoo, visited the site of the Permanent Museum of Handicrafts of Namin city and stated: “This is a significant work and which we hope to be continued in the province.”
He considered the establishment of 30 new booths and the creation of employment and support for artisans as an important task and said: “The establishment of this exhibition will provide a ground for the prosperity of production and the creation of a sales market for producers.”
More than four thousand craftspeople are active in kilim weaving industry in Ardebil Province, where 90,000 to 120,000 cubic meters of kilim are woven per annum. The eye-catching kilim of the province is being honored with the international quality sign from the UNESCO.
Anbaran city in Namin County is considered the cradle of kilim weaving industry in the province. The city has the third rank of kilim weaving sector in Iran.
Some 30 percent of kilims woven in Anbaran are exported to global markets and the 70 percent remaining is sold in the Iranian markets. Thanks to efforts made by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism of Iran, Anbaran has been registered as the city of kilim due to its unique designs and shapes.