Jozan 315x208cms

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Since the middle of the 20th century, in the time of Mossadegh and re-instatement of the Shah, the famous weaving area between Malayer and Arak underwent a property privatisation program. Against traditional title, it had the effect of reducing the differences between these great but nearby centres.

Prior to the coup d’etat, Jozan was a town with its own distinctive style. The consolidation of landholdings and capital into fewer families resulted in a homogenisation of the area’s weaving. To remedy this state of affairs, the bazaaris, the merchants, agreed to call only the best of the area Jozan so it has become a standard, rather than an exact geography.

Fine dense knotting with an unusual flexibility and clear colours are the hallmark. Designs follow individual interpretation of the Persia-wide patterns of the fishpond and medallions.

This patterning is both a metaphor of a deeper consciousness and an invitation to a cool calm garden, the meaning of paradise in the culture.

Circa mid 20th C.