Iran weaves technology into its Persian carpets

An Iranian art student learns the craft of carpet-making at a university in Isfahan on November 14, 2011. The practised, swift movements and the loom, strung up on rough-hewn wooden rods, are ages-old, virtually unchanged in the more than 2,500 years that persian carpets have been coming out of what is today's Iran. But the industry, worth half a billion dollars in exports, has come under threat in recent years and is responding by introducing some radical transformations -- effectively replacin





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