It is this passion that continues
with the women who wear our
striking one-of-a-kind pieces.
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Determined to replicate these unique tones in our
luxurious Italian cashmere, we embarked on a
two-year journey, which took us from Northern
Italy directly back to the source. Here, in a
workshop in the Persian city Shiraz, we found
Persian craftsmen using the same time-honoured
dyeing techniques, perfected over centuries and
passed on from one generation to the next.
Once the yarns have been steeped in dye, they
are dried under the heat of the Persian sun. The
resulting colours will never be the same owing
to the natural variants of the threads. On closer
inspection, what appears to be a solid colour
turns out to be a variety of subtle nuances and
No two Gabbehs are ever alike. Little hints of the maker’s story - the
surrounding poppy fields, their sheep and their children – are woven
into each tapestry, knot-by-knot. To this day, master dyers meticulously
create colours from native plants and herbs including, saffron, rhubarb
flower and turmeric. Red, for example, is obtained from the roots of the
madder plant. Grown in France, this plant produces a pale red whereas
the madder grown in South West Iran, creates a deep crimson hue.
The beautiful Gabbeh carpets of Southern Iran are the
starting point for our rich colour palette. Handmade and
dyed for centuries by nomads, they served to decorate the
home or would often double up as soft bedding to sleep on
under the stars. At first light, they were simply rolled-up as
the travellers went on their way.
Delam London is a modern, luxury knitwear brand, which celebrates the
art of ancient Persian dye techniques and works with local artisans to
incorporate natural colours into medium-weight cashmere knits.
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