The Kurdish people inhabit a mountainous area of Southwest Asia which includes parts of Iraq, Turkey and Iran as well as smaller sections of Syria, Armenia and Lebanon. Kurds speak the mostly mutually intelligible dialects of the Kurdish language, which has Indo-European roots. Although many Kurds live in modern-day Middle Eastern countries, they differ from the Arabs, Turcs, Assyrians, Armenians as well as the Persians in a variety of ways which may not be apparent to the outside observer. Ranging anywhere from 25 to 27 million people, the Kurds comprise one of the largest ethnic groups without their own country in the world. Their weaving tradition is wonderfully rich and varied; from flat weaves to nomadic pieces to village rugs to intricate workshop carpets.
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