ByvandenBelt
ByvandenBelt

This heritage shows that Zollanvari embodies the spirit of carpet design and weaving – an extraordinary art form that has been treasured across the world for more than 2,000 years. This profound understanding of the splendor and profusion of the weaving aesthetic informs their carpet production, making it unique and timeless – qualities that have established the Zollanvari name as a global trailblazer in creating carpet art.

The concept of a resource-efficient and sustainable production is deep-rooted in Zollanvari. At every stage of their creation of tribal carpets, rugs, and kilims, they have endeavored to preserve, to this day, the delicate balance between the local environment, the economy of the weaving region – namely these nomads of the Zagros mountain area of Iran, and their social identity with sensitive regard for their traditional way of life.

Their strategy from the start some three-quarters of a century back was to sustain the environment of the nomadic tribes by using the highest-grade highland wool from the Zagros Mountains renowned for its suppleness and ideal for rug making. The wool they use is traditionally hand-spun and hand-carded and dyed using the highest quality environmentally friendly vegetable dyes made from plants collected from the immediate vicinity of the nomadic weavers. The dyeing facility is run by a master dyer whose knowledge and experience have been passed down to him through many generations in a family dedicated to the art of dying, thus safeguarding this skill set for future generations.

Zollanvari has endeavored to revive old weaving techniques (some almost extinct) to encourage the diversity of weaving techniques and to develop new ones, to accomplish their mission to preserve this extraordinary art form that has been treasured for more than 2,000 years for future generations.

They have produced some great videos that contain some very special material. Check it out on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlPJUPT00tE

And their website.is also worth a visit.

Photos by Zollanvari

Felix van den Belt

Felix van den Belt

Give Felix an assignment about carpets and he will go for it. He listens and asks questions. What is the history and what makes certain rugs unique? What can be said about social life around the carpets? Felix's passion for carpets prompts him to discover these questions like no other.

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