Iran is set to publish Persian Carpet Encyclopedia, head of Iran Carpet Association, Amir Hossein Chitsazian, has announced.
The encyclopedia is programmed to be released next calendar year (which starts in March 2015), Chitsazian said.
“The book will focus on designs, patterns and aesthetics, technical knowledge, management, economics and trade, history, geography and the styles of carpets,” the official added.
The project, which began five years ago, will serve as a reliable source for researchers.
Compiling the encyclopedia aims to present a better understanding of Persian carpet as well as a comprehensive view about the industry.
Carpet-weaving is one of the most distinguished manifestations of Persian culture and art which dates back to ancient Persia.
Persian carpets often feature geometric patterns which are a reflection of Islamic influence, although many Persian rugs depict natural scenes of flora and fauna.
There is an estimated population of 1.2 million weavers in Iran, producing carpets for domestic markets and international exports.
Iran exports carpets to at least 70 countries in the world. Experts attribute the increasingly lucrative market for Persian carpets worldwide to their quality, color and design.
The United Arab Emirates and Germany are the main destinations for the Persian carpet, followed by Japan, Lebanon, and Qatar.