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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hungarian-Iranian Joint Issue

Magyar Posta and Iran Post are releasing a joint stamp issue. The set of two stamps is available in Hungary from 10 November 2010. The Hungarian issue uses the same designs as the Iranian stamps due to be released on 31 December 2010.

On the HUF 80 stamp there are Termeh motifs from Yazd (Iran) and on the HUF 240 stamp Jazygian embroidery motifs are shown. The background printing of both stamps has the colours of the national flag of the respective country, and the inscriptions are in both Hungarian and Persian.

Jazygians arrived in the Kingdom of Hungary accompanying the Turkic people, the Cumans, fleeing from the Mongols advancing in the early 13th century, in 1239. The Jazygians who settled here from the start had their centre in present-day Jazygia, but ethnic groups of varying sizes also made their home in other parts of historic Hungary.

Termeh is a hand-woven cloth of Iran, mostly the Yazd province is the main center of producing it. Weaving Termeh needs good wool with tall fibers. Making of Iranian Termeh is the result of the co-operation between an expert and a worker called "Goushvareh-kesh". Weaving Termeh is a sensitive, careful and time consuming work that a good weaver could produce only 25 to 30 centimeters in a day. The background colors which are used in Termeh are jujube red, light red, green, orange and black.