The Persian carpet is a central element of the Iranian culture and is said to be an earthly mirror of paradise. But it is also an industry that gives work to one Iranian out of ten and is in constant search for new products and markets. It is now possible to find in TehranÕs bazaar high quality carpets (eighty knots per square centimeter) that have very little of the traditional patterns. The one in the photo is sold at about 2000Û.
Iran, Tehran, June 2009.

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