Expo #4: On the Iran Pavilion

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First, an aphorism by famed Persian poet Saadi at the entrance.

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Then a showcase of the country’s technology advancements…

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… industrial progress…

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… and natural resources.

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There was also a little booth set up to attract foreign investment, the sort that materializes at non-trade expositions.

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But the highlight of the pavilion has got to be the carpet showroom on the second floor. Persian hand-woven carpets are among the world’s finest and so do not make the cheapest souvenirs (such as this one at RMB 40,000), that I know.

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But I’m rather flabbergasted by the seeming mindlessly-chosen designs.

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A year’s worth of hard work by an unknown weaver somewhere in Iran, priced at RMB 46,000…

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Why ??

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At the cafeteria, we had tasty saffron pistachio ice cream and watched an Iranian staff endlessly water the brick floor. We tried querying the purpose of this act…

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… unfortunately none of the Iranian staff spoke enough English to tell us why.

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