Sunday, September 18, 2005

Iranians to weave world�s largest carpet for UAE mosque

Iranians to weave world�s largest carpet for UAE mosque: "Iranians to weave world’s largest carpet for UAE mosque
TEHRAN, Sept. 18 (MNA) -- Iranians are to weave the world’s largest hand-woven carpet for the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the Persian service of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Sunday.
The weaving contract was signed between the managing director of Iran’s Carpet Company, Mohammad Ali Karimi, and the chairman of the Abu Dhabi Municipalities and Agriculture Department, Khalfan Gaith Al Muherbi, in the presence of Dr. Mohammadali Hadi, the Iranian ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, and some Iranian and UAE officials.

About 1000 skilled weavers will weave the 6000-square-meter carpet in three carpet workshops in Khorasan Razavi Province, Karimi said.

“The carpet will take two years to complete,” he added.

He stated that five Iranian traditional flower patterns in 25 colors will be woven on the carpet, which will require 15 tons of cotton and 30 tons of wool.

Karimi explained that the carpet is to be woven in 15 separate parts, which will be woven together after being transferred to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque.

“It is estimated that the carpet will weigh about 45 tons,” he noted.

Iran’s Carpet Company produces over 50,000 square meters of carpets each year, exporting about 50 percent of them.

The company previously wove a 4343-square-meter carpet for the Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat, Oman."

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