Abbas market, located in Tehran's old town, is famous for its carpet business.
This salesman says the more colorful and complex the patterns are, the more expensive the carpet will be. As is this one -- 1 by 1.5 meters, sold at about 4500 US dollars.
Fine Persian handmade carpets feature the designer’s signature, which is carefully woven into the patterns.
To unveil its secrets, we come to a carpet workshop in Isfahan. In this small room, the owner is busy giving directions. Blossoming flowers and winding vines weave in cultural flavors. They are also traditional patterns on Persian carpets.
Complex processes go into carpet making, from design to plate making - while the heart of the process is in the weaving.
The number the knots weaved determine the value of the carpet. The more there are, the finer it is regarded.
Color is another defining feature. The most valuable carpets are made with natural dyes, which can maintain its color for hundreds of years.
Proud of their tradition, Iranians believe these carpets are more than just home furnishing. They are an elegant handicraft to be passed on from generations.