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Pottery and Ceramics- Professor Pope states
in the Masterpieces of Iranian Art: "In light of the data recently discovered
it has been proved that agriculture and perhaps the crafts attached to
it i.e. pottery making and weaving originated in Iranian plateau.
From several essential points, the civilization in this area began 500
years before Egypt, 1,000 years before India and 7,000 years before China."
Professor Girshman corroborates this theory by
stating that between 15,000 and 10,000 B.C. prehistoric men lived on the
Iranian plateau. He mentions that in 1949 traces of human remains
were found in the Bakhtiyari mountains. These men used a coarse,
poorly baked pottery.
Textile Industry- Textile in Iran can be
traced back to the beginning of the Neolithic times. Professor Pope
believes that textile industry originated in Iranian plateau. Excavations
in the early 1950's in a cave near the Caspian Sea produced evidence of
woven sheep's wool and goat hair, dated by the carbon 14 method to about
From 4th or possibly 5th millennium B.C. traces
of skillful fine plain linen cloth and signs of tablet weaving at the end
of the 4th or early in the 3d millennium B.C. were recovered by the French
Mission at Susa (Shoosh). Pierre Amiet in his book Elam, states
that tablet weaving in the Susian civilization is proved by the discovery
of a miniature weaving tablet in the foundation deposits of one of the
Susa temples. Also a seal tablet belonging to the second half of
the 4th millennium B.C. shows a weaving loom.
from "Iran & America: Rekindling a Love Lost" by Badi Badiozamani