Termeh - Luxurious and Richness Collection


Clothing is exclusively a human characteristic. It is not known precisely when humans began wearing clothes but anthropologists believe that animal skins and vegetation were adapted into coverings as protection from weather; especially as humans migrated to new climates. An alternative hypothesis is that covering may have been first used for other purposes, such as magic, decoration, cult, or prestige, and later found to be practical as well.

Textiles and clothing have been important in human history and reflects the materials available to a civilization as well as the technologies that had been mastered. The social significance of the finished product reflects their culture.

Termeh is one such hand-woven textile that was at its peak during the modern Persian era, during the 16th century in Iran; the then, ‘Persia’. It was during the 16th century, when Shah Abbas Safavi was ruling, the time when the art of Termeh was at its peak of glory because Shah Abbas invited excellent artisans from across the world to Persia to teach their new art to the Persians. Thus, the Termehs of that time have a kind of special glory. The Termeh ever since has reflected the rich heritage of the Persian world. The textile thus, was rightfully adopted by the Persian elite and the royals to make their highly structured ensembles like the lavish robes, the opulent headdresses (turbans), their mesmerizing waist bands also known as the kamarbands, etc.

Wool and silk are the major components of traditional Termeh. Weaving Termeh is an intrinsic and sensitive work of traditional art. Producing Termeh is a meticulous and elaborate process of fine art. A skilled traditional artisan is said to produce a maximum of 25 to 30 centimeters of Termeh in a day. Termeh is woven by an expert with the assistance from a worker called “Goushvareh-kesh”. This is one such textile that is invariably dated and signed by its craftsman. This textile is considered and valued as antique as it reaches 10 years from the date it is produced. Annually, the value of this textile is said to escalate a fifth of its original worth. Termeh, thus has become a part of a family’s heirloom and are passed over from one generation to the other as a pride possession.

One reason Termeh is still valuable is that the designs adopted and incorporated in almost all Termeh are meaningful. The bush design, for example, in Termeh (like Paisley) is the symbol of the cedar tree that is bowing to the God. In the modern day, Termeh are often a pride possession used in Iranian weddings. These Termeh articles used in weddings would have gold and silver threads incorporated either into the weave of the textile, as part of an embroidered pattern or as a border.

Similarly, accounting for all the traditional values, the amalgamation of captivating colors and alluring designs form the very essential elements and the underpinning factors of all our designer creations. The Termeh used by us in all our fashion works is exclusively produced for us i.e. Kourosh Fashion and these are created in limited and minimal lengths. Our designs, in every sense are a ‘Limited Edition'; we at Kourosh Fashion strongly believe, producing too much or too many of the same type and/or design would grossly deplete its value. Robert Browning, in the poem he wrote in 1855, ‘The Faultless Painter’ for ‘Andrea del Sarto’, the Italian painter, formulated the phrase ‘Less is More’ and we at Kourosh Fashion have adopted this phrase to the optimum and have structured our creations around it to befit our designs to the finest.

Kourosh Fashion makes a genuine effort to offer this rich traditional textile the reach and recognition it truly deserves. The royalty, needless to say, comes from the textile itself and the richness is brought about by the elegant designs and the masterly stitching adopted at Kourosh Fashion.

  • Termeh designs & color combinations that are used in our designer creations are exclusively woven for Kourosh Fashion collections only
  • Kourosh Fashion limits to stitch maximum 2 pieces per design
  • Custom-made can be requested on selected designs