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Persian Tiling

Tiling is one of the most important traditional handicrafts and art forms in Iran. Examples of Achaemenid’s glazed bricks used in Persepolis and Susa, as well as the beautiful patterns of tileworks in the Achaemenid, Parthian and Sassanid periods and, the pinnacle of this art’s beauty, evident in Isfahan's turquoise tiles, which are used in ornamenting the historical inscriptions of the Seljuk era’s minarets, are all explanatory that the history of tilework in Iran dates…

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Persian Miniature

The art of miniature painting in Persia flourished from the 13th through the 16th A.D. centuries and continues to this day. Originally, Persian miniatures were commissioned as book illustrations for Persian illuminated manuscripts. Some Persian miniatures take up to a year to complete.        By: Agha Reza Reza Abbasi     By: Kamal-al-Din Behzad    Content and form are the fundamental elements of Persian miniature paintings. The themes of Persian miniatures are mostly related to…

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Persian Calligram

Persian calligram is an art style in both Iranian modern painting and contemporary calligraphy. This art style was gradually formed by some Iranian calligraphers and painters in the 1950s. With a background of more than half a century, Persian calligram has become an independent art form in contemporary years.    By: Jalil Rasouli     By: Khalil Koiki     By: Unknown    Some groups of artists and scholars introduce calligram as a combination of calligraphy with…

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Iranian Painting

Iranian painting is known throughout the world for its specific and unique characteristics. Ornamentation and abstraction can be considered as the general features of Iranian painting. The art of painting in Iran dates back to the time of the cavemen. The remaining paintings from Iranian ancient times are notable for concentrating on the human figure (mostly male, and often royal) and also animal figures. Iran painting periods can be divided into three distinct but continuous…

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Persian Carpet & Rugs

The history of Persian Carpet dates back to 2,500 years ago. The Iranians were among the pioneer carpet weavers of the ancient civilizations.  Iran is the world’s largest producer and exporter of handmade carpets, producing three-quarters of the world’s total output. At present, many beautiful specimens of Persian carpets are kept in well-known museums around the globe, serving as Iran's artistic and cultural ambassadors.               The “traditional skills of…

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