April 15, 2021
Shiraz kilim-weaving has been common since ancient times. A kilim can be defined as a rug woven from goat hair, fleece, silk, or the wool of domestic animals. Among the unique woven kilims of Shiraz are the needle kilim or embossed herd. This type of kilim is mostly woven by the Qashqai Tribe. These kilims, due to their light weight, are used as flooring for tents, cover for rollaway mattresses and decoration on the walls of nomadic tents.
Interestingly enough, the kilims woven by the Qashqai tribe generally have bright colors and colors of nature can be clearly seen in them. The designs of kilims are often geometric. In addition to these kilims, Qashqai women weave the most beautiful horse saddles for their husbands. All the designs come from the mind and spontaneously. Chemical or wood dyes are used to dye woolen yarns used in the weaving of kilims. Firoozabad, Mamasani, and Darab are the most important centers of carpet weaving in Shiraz.
Kilim-weaving is one of the most special and oldest arts of Iran and has long been popular among all Iranians and tourists. The patterns of kilim are different in each region. This craft is also popular among different tribes of Fars Province.