Stained hands

A view shows the hand of a worker at a carpet workshop in Qom, 75 miles south of Tehran. Persian carpet weaving is a historical part of Iranian culture, dating back to as far as approximately 2,000 years ago. The price for each carpet is set by officials from Iran's national carpet company after examining each completed carpet. The carpet workshops are mostly family-run businesses.

( Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters )

A view shows the hand of a worker at a carpet workshop in Qom, 75 miles south of Tehran. Persian carpet weaving is a historical part of Iranian culture, dating back to as far as approximately 2,000 years ago. The price for each carpet is set by officials from Iran's national carpet company after examining each completed carpet. The carpet workshops are mostly family-run businesses.

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