Khayyam’s poetry appears on carpet book

April 6, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- A selection of Khayyam’s poetry woven into a Persian carpet book created by Iranian artist Mehdi Rajabzadeh is on display at an exhibition in Qom.

“The 23cm thick book contains 90 pages each measuring 45x30cm. Both sides of each page bears the poetry of Persian poet and mathematician Omar Khayyam,” Rajabzadeh told the Persian service of MNA on Tuesday.
The 11kg artwork contains 90 pieces of carpet all made of silk threads bearing 12 different colors with the techniques of illumination and miniature, said the artist.
He added, “It took three years to accomplish the project in which a team of 70 carpet weavers collaborated. The book’s front cover bears an image of the mausoleum of Omar Khayyam in Neyshabur as well as a design by master of miniature Mahmud Farshchian. The back cover contains an introduction to the artwork.”
Rajabzadeh also talked about his new idea on Persian carpets used in accessories like hats, shoes, bags and belts. He calls his new idea the mobile carpet, saying, “These mobile carpets are made of silk and women will be the best consumers. They are also good for export.”
The carpet book is currently on show at the Persian hand-woven carpet exhibit in Qom until April 9.