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Nomadic woman preparing to move

As you live your life going about all your responsibilities and work, and even finding time for relaxation and pleasure, you know that you have been curious about Persian rugs because you’ve considered getting one to beautify a room in your home. Outside of that, you likely have not given much thought to the nomadic people on the other side of the world who make these tribal Persian rugs that people buy for their homes. That is why this story of the life of the nomad weavers in the Persian area of the world will likely intrigue you and will increase your appreciation for the wonderful effort that is put into making top quality and beautifully exquisite tribal rugs that enhance many homes with elegance and finesse.


The morning sun splashes its warm and welcoming rays of light across the top of the mountains in Persia. A man stands by himself on the top of the mountain as he overlooks the valley while he, with adept precision, levels an instrument that has the appearance of a long trumpet. He is called the Sun-ray player because he sends a shrill blast with his instrument in order to awaken the camp of nomads below, so that they can start the activities of the day. In unison, the whole clan packs away all the shelters that are made of black goat hair.


In less than an hour, the whole tribe is moving. The donkeys and camels sway with packs that are heavy, which include tents, personal belongings, food and cooking utensils.   A small dog along with a baby goat are transported by a pack horse via the usage of a saddlebag. A cow reluctantly transports a cage strapped to its upper torso with three clacking hens inside the cage There are at least one thousand sheep that decide that now it is time to stop and graze on some pleasant green grass that seems irresistible, though the clan of nomads wants to keep moving. It takes a lot of energy from the clan to keep the animals moving.


This has been a prominent scene a few times each year for the past several centuries of the nomadic tribes of Persia. There will be more than one hundred thousand people and more than one and a half million animals that will traverse the meadows of the alpine regions during these nomadic moves.


Nomadic tribes are known around the world for the quality of the tribal Persian rugs that they produce. Indeed, the nomadic people can claim a culture and history that are filled with much intrigue and much struggle. These elements are demonstrated in the rugs that they make, which seem to tell the story of these people in a manner that is bright and alive. It is their way to tell their story, as many of these nomadic people have not committed to the preservation of their history and culture in written form.


The nomadic people are highly supportive of each other, which is also demonstrated when it comes to the process of weaving rugs as well. It is a frequent occurrence for as many as six women to squat, as they work on heirlooms that are vertical and long to produce a carpet in unison with real finesse and quality. The women enjoy talking, singing and laughing while they produce the rugs that people in other parts of the world will eventually buy.


It is a common practice for the group of women to work on their particular rug for a short while. Then they will travel to neighbors to work on another loom and will go to more neighbors to work on yet another rug. This all happens prior to them returning to complete their own rug that they are weaving. This is a way to keep the creativity flowing with a real spirit of connection and cooperation. Women will search the countryside for herbs and barks that are found within the mountains, along with berries, in order to boil them to make homemade dye that provide the lovely colors in the rugs that they produce.


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