The high-quality production of hand-woven carpets along nomadic migration routes is no longer sustainable, says Hamid Zollanvari, one of Iran's biggest carpet manufacturers and distributors.
It is true.
It is modernization -- the all-consuming force that is transforming society with astonishing speed, killing Iran's pride and joy -- the Persian carpet. People are no longer interested in quality.
One thing is certain: Iranian carpets are among the most complex and labor-intensive artifacts in the world.
The process begins with the tens of thousands of silkworm trees planted on the mountain, which feed on the leaves and produce silk that is perfect for making carpets.
From there the women took it, spinning it by hand and twirling it with their fingers. The finished thread is tied and then dyed using natural ingredients such as pomegranate skin for dark red or wine leaves for green. Then the weaving begins.
Weavers, almost all of them are women, spend months to a year bending a horizontal loom, threading it and knotting thousands of threads. Some people follow established patterns, others create their own. When the carpet is finally finished, cut, washed and put in the sun to dry.
It's a very time consuming, real manual job. But more and more people are choosing lighter and simpler jobs, and weavers are becoming fewer and fewer.
Perhaps one day the handmade persian carpets will disappear. Now get a piece and collect it.