Decorative Arts Museum of IranDecorative Arts Museum of Iran , tehran
Decorative Arts Museum of Iran
The Decorative Arts Museum of Iran was originally established in 1959, while its official activity commenced in 1961. The new building housing the collections gathered and donations made by those interested in the Iranian arts and crafts, comprises four floors and a basement in which the various items are displayed as follows: Ground floor permanent exhibition of museological items from the Marmar (Marble) Palace, particularly the superb collection of incised and inlaid furniture. First floor Various Iranian textiles and clothing items, including all kinds of plain, gold threaded, linear-patterned and floral relief brocades, different categories of velvet, termeh and qalamkar, kilim and jajim rugs, along with a vast section dealing with needlework artifacts exhibiting its various provincial techniques. Second Floor: Five main sections of the floor are: 1. Khatamkari, including various mirror-cases, boxes, bookracks, pen boxes and postage stamp containers; 2. Woodcarving, including various boxes, mirror-cases, combs, kashkuls and epigraphic panels; 3. Lacquer Work, including a rare collection of lacquered pen-boxes, bookcovers, mirror-cases, boxes and postage stamp containers; 4. Metalwork, including a section devoted to ornamental items from the 18th and to the 20th centuries, and another to various weapons; 5. Glassware, including all sorts of glassware from pre-Islamic times to the present. Third floor various paintings and miniatures from the 14th through 20th centuries, providing an introduction to the successive schools of these arts, including those Herat, Tabriz, Shiraz, Esfahan and Qazvin. It is noteworthy that the museum owes a large treasure of calligraphic masterpieces, and its basement floor is allocated to the temporary exhibitions and artistic events.
Visiting hours: everyday 9:00-17:00 except Mondays. Address: Karim Khan-e Zand Ave. Tel: 894380-2.
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