A free, online resource celebrating the art of weaving Persian* rugs.

Bofandeh (pronounced   ball – fan – den) means “weaver” in Farsi which is the language of Iran. On this page, you will find everything you need to know how a Persian rug (made in Iran) is woven. My goal is to reach as many people as I can to help them discover the workmanship, beauty, imagination, and creativity of this ancient artform as its been created by Iranian weavers. I aspire to pay respect to all weavers, past, present, and in the future.

If you are curious to learn more, my eBook The Art of Oriental Rugs – A Weaver’s Perspective shows you: 1) how to identify a weave** and how different techniques produce “recognizable” variations in different regions, 2) maps with geographical views of where rugs are woven in the country of Iran and how the regional weaves influence each other, and 3) 750+ close-up pictures of weaves from 170+ rug-weaving regions in Iran and around the globe. This, I humbly hope, will be seen as an indispensable addition to any library.

*Historically, Persia was the common name used by western countries for Iran (pronounced e-ron) until 1935 when the country was officially named Iran. The words Iranian and/or Persian represent the same proud nation and people.
**Weave refers to the unique pattern of knot formations on the back of rugs.
***bofandeh means “weaver” in Farsi (Persian) which is the language of Iran.


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