(Persia Digest) – Weaving termeh is the local art of Yazd, Kerman, and Isfahan in Iran. It flourished in the Islamic period, alongside other progresses made in the textiles industry of Iran, including brocade and velvet weaving in the Safavid era. As the Silk Road passed along the edge of the central Kavir desert in Iran where the above cities are located, trading was carried out here from ancient times, the most important of which were fabrics and textiles.

The rule of Shah Abbas of Safavid saw the zenith of termeh weaving. The Shah invited prominent designers from China and Armenia to Iran to teach their novel art to Iranians. Thus, the termeh woven in this period prospered to acquire a special beauty.

Termeh is a delicate fabric woven on hand looms, with a high density weft behind the fabric. It is made of wool or silk with traditional Iranian designs. In the old days, garments worn by dignitaries and persons of rank were made of termeh. This also included other data-x-items such as curtains, prayer mats, and robes. Today, this is used for furniture upholstery, cushions, and tablecloths.

One of the last remaining masters of termeh weaving is Mahdi Shamsali-Yeganeh who has carried forth the art in Isfahan for the past half a century.

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