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Kurdish culture

The Kurds are an ethnic group in West Asia. They reside in the northern parts of the middle east by the Taurus and Zagros mountain region which is referred to as “Greater Kurdistan” However. Kurds can also be found in some parts or Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey.

The Kurdish language is a West Iranian language related to Persian and Pashto

The traditional Kurdish way of life was nomadic revolving around sheep and goat herding throughout the Mesopotamian plains and the highlands of Turkey and Iran. Most Kurds practiced only marginal agriculture.

The Kurds possess a rich tradition of folklore, which was mostly spread through speech or song, from one generation to the next. Although some of the Kurdish writers' stories were well known throughout Kurdistan; most of the stories told and sung were only written down in the 20th and 21st centuries even though they are said to be much older.

Kurdish weaving is renowned throughout the world, with fine specimens of both rugs and bags. The most famous Kurdish rugs are in the Kurdistan Province of Bijar region. Exhibiting a wide variety, these rugs have patterns ranging from floral designs, to animals. Another well-known Kurdish rug is the Senneh rug known for their knot density and high quality wool.

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