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The Dying Art Of The Qashqai

A documentary celebrates the nomadic rug makers of Iran amidst reminiscences from a famous knight.

Fiona Rae

‘I love Iran,” says Anna Williams in The Kiwi, the Knight and the Qashqai (Choice TV, Monday, 8.30pm). “Maybe I was born in the wrong country.”

Williams, a skilled orientalrug repairer, is captured in this documentary on one of her many visits to Iran, where she visits the bazaars of Tehran, Tabriz, Isfahan and Shiraz.

She has visited Iran over the years in order to learn the tricks of the trade, new techniques and to supplement her yarns. As New Zealand’s only independent rug repairer, she has “no peer group, no professional body” so she needs to keep up with the industry by herself.

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November 24 - 30 2018