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The Biggest Carpet of the World

More than 1,200 village women have been weaved a giant carpet worth $8.5 million that is the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet ever.  It is made for the Shaikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Iran Carpet Company with more 70 years of Persian rug weaving history was the contactor of this huge carpet.Weaving this carpet, which is 6,000 square meters, bigger than a football stadium, and weighing about 48 tons took about 14 months for the weavers who were worked two shifts daily. It is decorated with traditional Persian designs and natural colors with more than 2.2 billion knots.

The weaving began in March 2006 in Baghshan, 22 kilometers from the city of Neyshabour, a village 800 km northeast of Tehran, and two nearby villages, close to the city of Mashad in Khorassan Province, north east of Iran.

The weavers were all experienced women between ages of 15 and 60, supervised by 50 men acting as technical experts.

The carpet is made in 8 different parts.

The project has revived carpet economy in northeastern Iran, which has a long history of carpet making.