Fars Province – Quashqai

The Quashqai tribe is one among many of Turkic tribes (together with the Amalaeh, Darreh-Shuri, Kashkuli, Shesh Baluki, Farismadan). They inhabit mostly the territory of Fars, Khuzestan and southern Isfahan – the greatest number of these people living around city Shiraz.

The Quashqai people’s ancestors came to Iran (the territory of the Persian empire) around 11th or 12th century. Originally they were ranching, and some of them are still doing it. This nation is known for its old weaving traditions. In 2010 UNESCO listed the traditional Quashqai Gabeh and Gilim carpets, along with carpet-tying, fabric-weaving, and bag-weaving into the world list of cultural heritage.