10 things you probably didn’t know about Iran

Persian rugs are (im)perfect: According to an old Persian proverb, “A Persian rug is perfectly imperfect, and precisely imprecise”. Why? It’s simple, really. A fine Persian rug will almost always include intentional imperfections to symbolize how only God can create perfection. Religious beliefs aside, the history of the Persian rug dates back over 2,000 years! The traditional skills of carpet weaving of certain regions of the country – like the alluring city of Kashan in the Isfahan province – have been passed down through innumerable generations and were recently classified by UNESCO as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.