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Cultural Influences on Textiles: Middle East

Year 12 Textiles

Textiles as art


Safavid textiles are praised as the pinnacle of Iranian loom weaving. When the Safavids came to power at the turn of the sixteenth century, the Iranian textile industry was already well developed in the production and sale of woven silk textiles and rugs as well as raw silk for export.

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The recorded history of the civilization of what is modern day Iran stretches back as far as the third millennium BCE, and their textile production goes back even farther.


One of the most conspicuous elements in Persian handicraft is Termeh. Termeh is a traditional and often high-end textile. It was created by Iranians millenniums ago and still being produced here in Iran.

Needlework is one of many exquisite Persian arts. In the old days it was a hobby for the ladies at home. Today, it is an industry and a source of income for many.


Termeh is a nice cloth which is woven since Safavi era in Iran.There is an argument between researchers about its origin. Some of them believe that termeh has been made in Kashmir and then brought to Iran.



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Even before the Islamic period, the Middle East was a nexus of Eurasian textile production and trade. The complex of trade routes commonly referred to as the Silk Road reached their western end at the ports of the eastern Mediterranean