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The last of Nomads of Iran

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The advice of a Sufi

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Long, long ago a gentleman from a faraway land, with the knowledge of weaving carpets, immigrated to Persia. When he saw Kashan he fell in love with the city and its people. Although the Kashani weavers made beautiful carpets, he decided to set up a factory to make new carpets with new designs that have never been woven in Kashan before. In the beginning there was some resistance to his business from competitors in Kashan and they were mocking him and laughing at his designs but his perseverance and passion paved the way for his success in such a way...

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Silk!

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: SMOOTH AS SILK“Patience and the mulberry leave becomes a silk gown” – Chinese ProverbThe legend of the discovery of silk in China goes back to 4000 BC: Lei Zu, the wife of Emperor Huang Di, the Yellow Emperor, was sipping her midday tea under a mulberry tree when something unexpectedly fell into her cup. She looked to see what it was she saw a cocoon starting to unravel slowly. After the silk cocoon completely unravelled it stretched the entire garden long and Lei Zu saw the silkworm that was the creator of this magnificent silky thread. She imagined...

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The Saluki

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THE PERSIAN DOG – SALUKIWe are all too familiar with the very distinguished and highly prized Persian cat. Even though the Persians have very little to do with this modern day esteemed breed of cat, the name lends to it the grandeur that the Persians are known for. They do nothing in half measures!How interesting then to find the Saluki or “Persian Greyhound”. The origin of the name is unknown but they were bred in the Fertile Crescent and hunt by sight, running their prey down to kill or retrieve and they were exclusively used by the Bedouins. They are...

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Spinning wool

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OF SPINDLES AND KNOTSSpinning and weaving no doubt played a very important role in the Ancient world right up to the time that machinery replaced the hand spun and woven methods. There is hardly a civilization that does not have a mother goddess that taught weaving to the female humans and these goddesses are often depicted with spindles and distaffs. There are countless stories of how the universe was woven or our fates are interwoven and there are many tales containing life lessons through the methodology of spinning and weaving. To the Ancients actual physical spinning and weaving were synonymous...

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