Jul 1, 2014, 1:07 PM
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Golestan to host handicraft fair

Tehran, July 1, IRNA - An exhibition of handicrafts, comprising 160 pavilions, will soon open in Golestan province during August 5-19.

Qorban Abbasi, the head of Golestan’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department, added that the province with diverse weather conditions has a huge tourism potential.

He added that the department plans to hold handicrafts fairs in two cities of Golestan province, namely Gorgan and Gonbad-e Kavous.

Abbasi also said Gorgan’s handicrafts will be displayed in 100 pavilions while 60 pavilions will be set up in Gonbad-e Kavous.

“This province has a population of 1.8 million and many members of ethnic communities such as the Turkmen, Gilakis and Mazanis live in the region,” adding that they play a decisive role in creating a wide variety of handicrafts, Tuesday's edition of 'Iran Daily' quoted him as saying.

The official added that Golestan province has over 15,000 craftsmen involved in carpet weaving, embroidery, jajim weaving, kilim weaving, inlaid works, Batik printing (printing on cloth), silk weaving, precious stones and tileworks.

“Turkmen oriental carpet and felt are the main handicrafts of northern Golestan province,” he said.

“The original Turkmen rugs were produced by Turkmen tribes that are the main ethnic group in Turkmenistan and are also found in Afghanistan and Iran. They are used for various purposes, including tent rugs, door hangings and bags of various sizes.”

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