Iran is seeking to revive its carpet industry by weaving the world’s biggest rug, weighing in at 35 tonnes.

The mammoth rug from the spiritual homeland of Persian carpets will cover almost 6,000 square metres and will fetch some $8.2 million, its makers told Reuters Saturday.

The carpet has been ordered by the Sheikh Zayed mosque that is being built in Abu Dhabi, after Iran scoured its Gulf neighbors for contracts that might help revive business for local wool merchants, dye makers and weavers.

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