In Shahnameh (the Epic of Kings), Jamshid is the first master of professions, who taught skills to the mankind. Arts and crafts were passed on to us from father to son and we passed on our fathers and gods' professions to automatic machines and production lines. We failed to blow a spirit of originality to our products. There will be a nation of no past and no history, if the collective memory forgets common memories and experiences. Our generation is witnessing the extinction of traditional master craftsmen who have no trainees and will take away our living heritage with their demise. If we want to keep this rhythm alive, we have to make a move to pass on this heritage to future generations…

Weaving has undoubtedly been among the oldest crafts of the mankind. Although it is not possible to determine the exact date, when the craft of spinning and weaving textile started in Iran, instruments found in Kamarband Cave, near Behshahr, belong to 6000 BC. These instruments show that spinning yarn out of wool with primitive methods was customary during that time. However, there is no evidence showing that the spun yarns have been woven into textiles.

The first evidence of woven fabric in Iran has been found in excavations in Shooshtar, which belong to 4000 BC. In Siyalk Hill in Kashan, a small statue of a man made of bone has been discovered that was used as a knife handle. The man had a piece of cloth wrapped around his waistline, which shows that in 4200 BC, humans did not use animal fur in its natural shape, but wove fabrics out of its wool and wrapped them around their body with simple cuts. In addition, the earthenware found from that same period, which were decorated with horizontal and vertical lines in form of straw patterns, indicate that people were familiar with the art of weaving back then. Another object, excavated in Shoosh, is a copper blade from 3500 BC with residues of fabric -- in which the blade must have been wrapped -- over it. A bronze rod found in Tappe-Hesar of Damghan from 3000 BC, was used to spin fine threads and can be regarded as an indication of professional spinning in that age.