The program will enable the researchers and experts to closely study the carpets on specific days, explained curator of the Carpet Museum Leila Dadgar.
On the opening day, Saltink carpets, woven in Tabriz in the Safavid era, will be displayed in the museum, Siavash Azadi an international expert on carpet studies will lecture on the basics of carpet knowledge and a panel discussion will be held involving participants and attendees.
Dadgar explained that Saltink carpets were chosen due to their unique characteristics: “Saltink gold woven carpets have protruding flowers, pictures of animals and some include inscriptions of poems by famous Iranian poets. Furthermore, in the middle of the 19th century, imitations of these rugs were woven in a city near Istanbul, Turkey, which are now being kept in Victoria and Albert Museum in Britain. Even carpet experts mistake them for the original ones held in Iran,” said Dadgar.
She explained that the original carpets woven in the Safavid era in Iran use silver cords with gold coverings, but the ones woven in Turkey use copper wires with silver coverings; also there are major differences in the methods used for their weaving.