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Termeh

Minakari
Minakari
March 21, 2017
Khatamkari
Khatamkari
March 21, 2017

Termeh

termeh yazd

Termeh is the name given to a specialty cloth that originated in Yazd. Traditionally, the cloth was hand-woven using natural silk and wool.Termeh can take the form of fabric, sheets, panels and other shapes. Good quality traditional termehs are part of a family's heirloom in much the same way as are (the related) Kashmiri scarves. They are often an article used in Iranian weddings - such as the sofreh used as a floor spread sheet. In these type of termehs, gold and silver threads may be incorporated either into the weave, as part of an embroidered pattern or as a border.


Various Models

  • The fineness and quality of the fiber and thread
  • The incorporation of gold and silver dramatically increases the value
  • The number of layers that constitute the fabric, the large number increasing the value
  • The addition of a border and wider borders
  • Lining the fabric. Lining normally adds to the value
  • Fine woven designs usually add more value than embroidered design

Termeh Patterns

One of the most common design motifs associated with the termeh is the boteh (also spelt botteh) motif known in the west as the paisley design. The history of the boteh motif, termehs (and indeed Persian carpets as well) and Aryan trade are closely linked. The design for tablecloths may include a chequered or honey-comb pattern. Other design patterns include stripes, both wide and narrow, the Atabaki pattern, and the Zomorrodi pattern that was predominantly green in colour. Image patterns popular with Yazdi Zartoshti women who engage in Zartoshti-doozy (Zoroastrian needle-work / embroidery) include the tree of life, the cypress tree, the juniper tree, clove, four or eight petal jujube, peacocks, roosters, hens and chicks, hoopoe, fish and geometric shapes such as circles and squares.