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The story of a carpet

“Qalishuyan” rituals are practiced in Iran to honor the memory of “Soltan Ali”, a holy figure among the people of Kashan. According to legend, he was martyred, and his body found and carried in a carpet to a stream, where it was washed and buried by the people. Today, Soltan Ali mausoleum is the site of a ritual where a carpet is washed in the holy stream by a huge gathering. One time a year in the morning, people gather at the mausoleum and rinse the carpet in running water with neatly cut and beautifully decorated wooden sticks. The carpet is then returned to the mausoleum.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Kashan, Iran
Copyright: © Saeed Rezvanian