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Felt Iran 2
It takes time to adjust oneself to a new country, especially Iran. Most Iranians are very curious, hospitable, spontaneous, helpful and they accost someone in the street fairly easy, especially woman.
They spontaneously invite you into their homes, to sit down, talk about everything and nothing, to have tea or dinner with them. I could have stayed 3 more weeks to visit all the people who had invited me.
For Europeans Iran can be a complicated country. Comparing Iran with Europe as a whole and not with a single country in Europe, the complexity of Iran´s differences becomes more transparent.
Iran has definitely stolen my heart! I have had the most wonderful time with the families I stayed with. And experiences I could write a book about if I had that kind of ambition, which I haven´t.
While waiting for Masjnoe and his mother in Shiraz, I already visited the bazaar but didn’t find any feltings. Well, of course not, the bazaar is a labyrinth and you have to find your way through it which is not easy on your one and have no guide with you. After 2 days they arrived and Masjnoe helped me. Somewhere in a little backstreet, with a lot of help, we finally found someone who sold Namad Mali (In Farsi, Namad means Felt, Mali means rolled)
(In my opinion there is no doubt whatsoever, the word Nomad descends from Namad or the other way around).
In this little shop nomads come to buy all kind of things for their horses. The shop owner was kind of surprised I wanted to buy this little carpet (see picture) and when I was in Shiraz one year later, we couldn’t find the shop any longer. Some people said it disappeared, others told us we had gone the wrong way………..labyrinting in Shiraz´ Bazaar is an adventure anyway………..
My husband René, who visited Iran as well (unlike me he travelled in a group) one month before I went, bought a ´bork´ in Shiraz bazaar. This ´bork´ the Quasqai people use to wear. The Quasqai is a large ethnic group living in the Province Fars in Iran. While writing this, my Iranian friends are investigating how this felted headgear is called in Farsi. M. E. Burkett calls this cap a bork, in her book The Art of the Felt Maker, page 57. Possibly the name changed through the years, because this word does not sound familiar in Farsi to the ones I have spoken to. to be continued........
Gepubliceerd op: 20-02-2011