Dyed silks are hung out to dry at dye factory in Dram industrial area
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Dyed silks are hung out to dry at a dye factory in the Dram industrial area, northwestern Kashan, 240 km (149 miles) south of Tehran November 13, 2011. Persian carpet weaving is a historical part of Iranian culture, dating back to as far as approximately 2000 years ago. Persian carpets can be mostly divided into three size groups, large (3x4 metres), medium (2x3 metres) and small, which is called Ghaliche, (1x1.5 metres). For a larger 24-square-metre silk carpet, each 70 cm section takes about one month to make. The price for each carpet is set by officials from Iran's national carpet company after examining each completed carpet. The carpet workshops are mostly family-run businesses. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS TEXTILE)