Iran has unveiled three rugs woven by highly-skilled Iranian artists to be gifted to Team Melli’s Group Stage rivals at the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia.
These Persian rugs are to be given to the captains of Morocco, Spain, and Portugal, the three rivals of Iran at the Group Stage.
Four other precious carpets are also being prepared by the weavers of Tabriz to be offered to the FIFA Museum, the Russian Football Federation, the Iranian Football Federation, and the Museum of Astan Quds Razavi (located in the holy city of Mashhad), among others.
Interestingly, one other carpet is also being woven to be gifted to Iran’s rival at the knock-out stage in case the country manages to advance to the next level for the first time ever.
Persian carpets, widely believed to have been around for more than 2,500 years, are deeply rooted in the Iranian national identity.
The 2018 World Cup will be the fifth time Iran is qualifying for a FIFA World Cup where it has failed to advance past the group stage in 1978, 1998, 2006, and 2014.
The 21st edition of FIFA world cup will kick off on June 14th, 2018 with the opening game taking place at Luzhniki Stadium, in Moscow, Russia.