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Achaemenian ancient animals associated Baluchi bazaar birds Birjand border brocade carpet carried carved central centre clay close colour cosmic cosmic tree court craft traditions created creation culture deep depicted dervish developed earliest earth expression finest flowing gelims gilim guild system hand Hazrat heaven hidden Hindu hunted important imprint India influence inner Iran Iranian Isfahan Islamic jewellery Kashan Kermanshah Khurshid Khanum known Kufic linked lion lived lotus Luristan man's mandala master craftsmen means Mesopotamia metal motif mountain movement muhtasib namad makers Nishapur organisation painted patterns period Persia Persian empire pots pottery practised Qalamkari Qashgais rhythm rhythmic rich ritual rural areas Safavid Sassanian seen Seljuq sgraffito Shah Abbas shape shrine signifies silk simurgh skills society spirit strength style stylized swastika symbolises symbols technique textiles tile Torkman tree tribal tribe velvets village warp threads weavers weaving weft women wool woven Yazd