Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rug Weaving in Nowruz Party at Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, South California

Rug weaving can be fun! We had a live rug weaving presentation last Sunday.

We had a great Nowruz party (Persian New Year Festival) last Sunday March 7th at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Nowruz, meaning "new day", is the first day of Spring and Iranians celebrate this since at least 250 years ago. This year, the first day of Spring will be on March 20th, 2010. Since there will be many Iranian celebrations of new year and the beginning of Spring, the Persian Art Council of the Bowers Museum decided to have a wonderful free Nowruz celebration on March 7th 2010.

There were plenty of fun events. Probably around 2000 guests visited this wonderful festivity. We had great artists who had booths, great dancers and musicians who played. People enjoyed this one of a kind event. It started at 11:00 am and ended at 3:00 pm.

We had a live rug weaving presentation and booth at a prime location next to the stage where everybody could see us. Many people, young or old, Iranians as well as non-Iranians sat down behind our real rug loom and wove. Our master weaver taught them and showed them how to tie the knots around the warps. It was fun and educational. Many people asked if we would have a rug weaving class in the future. Here, I have posted few pictures of the event. In the past, we have had Persian rug workshops.

Thanks to Maryam Molawi of the Persian Art Council and her assistants at the Bowers Museum who made this great and enjoyable event possible. Maryam and her crew worked tirelessly and selflessly for moths to make this event a great Persian Nowruz Party.

Khosrow Sobhe
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)

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