(Persia Digest) - One of the handwoven industries in Ahar and the Arasbaran area is verni, which is the region's historical and enduring art.
"Verni" is a product between a kilim and a rug that like other kilims is woven using mental images without a pre-made pattern by nomadic women and girls and villagers of Azarbaijan. The warp and weft of this carpet is made of cotton, woolen and silk yarn. Sometimes sheep wool, which is extensively found in the area, is used for warping.
Verni is mainly woven in the "Qaradagh" area, which includes the towns of Ahar and Kaleybar, by nomads and villagers, and also in the Mugan Plain including the towns of Germi, Bileh Savar, Parsabad, and Khiav (Meshgin Shahr). The origin of this industry is the Azarbaijan nomadic region, and has expanded from there to other parts of the country. The one-sided kilim or verni is called "Soumak" or "Soumeh" in the Republic of Azerbaijan and northeastern Turkey. Currently, 85 percent of East Azarbaijan nomads are weaving verni. This unique art of Ahar (Arasbaran) was proclaimed a Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage by UNESCO and Ahar's artists have received 13 Symbols of National Quality for weave and design.
Photos: Saeid Ghasemi
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