Of the oldest art forms, Persian rugs are truly unique in the world in their design, quality and history. Heavily inspired by Persian Gardens , the elegant birds, flowers, beasts and designs are meticulously woven by hand, one strand at a time. The yarn/silk used to make these valuable treasures is all handmade and dyed with natural ingredients. The fiber-production process takes a few months, let alone each rug taking many months to a few years to complete. Using the same natural material processing, another well-known Persian Rug is the Gabbeh. These are much thicker and coarser than traditional Persian rugs. Instead of symmetrical designs, they feature fabulous abstract primitive designs. Gabbeh means raw or natural in Persian. Also a great option to look at, if you don’t want a piece that’s too complex or as pricy. Although they’re found all-over, the best places to get these gems are Qom, Tabriz, Kerman, and Sarough/Sarouk provinces. It’s true that this is probably the bulkiest souvenir you’ll ever buy, these masterpieces may also be the most mesmerising one.