LION RUG (Gabbeh-ye-Shiri)
A powerfully symbolic rug, originally placed in a Khan's tent signifying bravery and purity, protector of the the tribe. Fars Province was known in the 12th century as the 'lion mine' of Persia as it was a breeding ground for lions.
These weavers may have never seen a lion. Their creativity comes from the story-telling. Artistic free weaving, straight from the mind.
This lion was on the coat of arms of Persia till the Islamic Revolution changed it in 1979 but still the Lion Rugs of Fars are woven, reflecting untouched traditions.
100% Hand-spun Sheep wool and notice the beautiful vegetable dyed yellow yarn in this home video.
Random comment: The sun is called "khorsheed khanum", sun woman. The only culture this writer knows where the sun is the female gender.