Persian carpet love


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  • "While most consumers quickly switched to textiles made with synthetic dyes, a small but faithful crowd continued to insist on fabrics made with old-fashioned dyestuffs like cochineal. For some, the preference was a matter of state dictate: in 1903, the government of Persia, wishing to safeguard the traditional craft and high quality of Persian carpets forbade the importation and use of chemical dyes."

    Amy Butler Greenfield, A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire (New York: Harper Collins, 2005), 232.

    October 6, 2017