National Geographic : 1939 Sep
GILDED DOMES AGAINST AN AZURE SKY PERSIAN RUGS, NEW AND OLD, RECEIVE AN ICY BATH AT RAYY At the foot of a rocky hillside, 4,000 feet above sea level, fabrics brought from Tehran are washed in a bubbling spring. Rugmakers say the mineral content of the water imparts a sheen. Amill aTM 0 National Geographic Society Kodachromes by Stephen H. JNyman PRECIOUS RUGS STAIN THE CLEAR SPRING WATER IN NATURE'S WASHTUB First they are thoroughly shaken at the edge of the spring, and then thrown in. The barefooted workmen stamp and rub them vigorously.