A team of 500 Iranian weavers has created what is reportedly the world's largest handmade carpet, a 22-ton masterwork valued at 5.3 million dollars, a newspaper said Sunday.
The weavers took three years to fashion the gigantic work, which measures more than 5,000 square meters (53,800 sq. ft) -- the equivalent of 25 tennis courts -- and is comprised of more than 1.7 billion knots, the Iran Daily said.
The carpet was sent Saturday to Oman, where it is destined for the Azam mosque in the capital of Muscat, the paper said.
Mostafa Qannad-ha, managing director of Iran's state carpet industries, said it was woven in 42 separate pieces and would be fully assembled in Oman by Iranian weavers in the coming weeks -- TEHRAN (AFP)
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