Termeh

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This article is about the type of textile. For the location in Turkey, see Terme.

Termeh (Persian: ترمه‎) is a type of Iranian handwoven cloth, produced primarily in the Yazd province.

A sample of Iranian Termeh

Weaving Termeh requires a good wool with tall fibers. Termeh is woven by an expert with the assistance of a worker called "Goushvareh-kesh". Weaving Termeh is a sensitive, careful, and time-consuming process; a good weaver can produce only 25 to 30 centimetres (10 to 12 in) in a day. The background colors used in Termeh are jujube red, light red, green, orange and black. Termeh has been admired throughout history: Greek historians commented on the beauty of Persian weavings in the Achaemenian (532 B.C.), Ashkani (222 B.C.) and Sasanidae (226–641 A.D.) periods and the famous Chinese tourist Hoang Tesang admired Termeh.

After Islam's arrival in Iran, the Persian weaving arts were greatly developed, especially during the Safavid period (1502–1736 A.D.), during which time Zarbaf and Termeh weaving techniques were significantly refined. Owing to the difficulty of producing Termeh and the advent of mechanized weaving, few Iranian factories still produce traditionally woven Termeh.