14 Iranian handicrafts receive the national seal of excellence

TEHRAN – The National Seal of Excellence has been awarded to 14 high-quality works handcrafted by artisans in Alborz province, the provincial tourism chief has announced.

Ceramics, traditional forging, toreutics and leather goods are among the works awarded the national seal of excellence, Fereydoun Mohammadi said on Monday.

Since the province is home to different ethnic groups, it has a wide variety of crafts and the craft exhibitions that have been held so far have seen a high number of sales of works, the official added.

The National Seal of Excellence is awarded to selected works of high quality to support artisans, improve the quality of their work and preserve the originality of this industry and create sustainable jobs.

With 14 entries, Iran ranks first in the world for the number of cities and towns recorded by the World Crafts Council, China with seven entries, Chile with four and India with three. In January 2020, the cities of Shiraz, Malayer and Zanjan and the village of Qassemabad were nominated by the WCC-Asia-Pacific Region, bringing the number of world handicraft cities and villages in Iran from ten to 14.

The province of Alborz is surrounded by the provinces of Mazandaran, Tehran, Markazi and Qazvin. Its name is derived from the mountains of Alborz. A significant part of the mountains is located in the northern part of the province.

Historical resources and documents as well as archaeological studies indicate that Alborz has a rich culture dating back to prehistoric times.