Iran Carpet MuseumIran Carpet Museum , tehran
Iran Carpet Museum
Located to the north of the Contemporary Arts Museum (see above) Iran?s Carpet Museum with an area of 3,400 sq.m, was inaugurated n 1977. It comprises of two halls and a vast basement where varieties of hand-woven fine and coarse carpets of the country are displayed. It has been open to visitors since 1979.
The facade of the Museum resembles the wooden frames on which carpets are woven. The art of carpet weaving is probably as old as the Iranian history itself. Here you can see carpets from as far back as 15th century to the present time. On the first floor, masterpieces from centers like Esfahan, Kashan, Kerman, Khorassan, Kurdestan and Tabriz are presented. Normally, something around 135 pieces of rugs and carpets are on display. The Museum is an ideal place for researchers and art lovers interested in Iranian handicrafts. There is a special library in the Museum, with nearly 3,500 volumes of books in Persian, Arabic, French, English, and German.
There is a movie-house in which you can watch films and see slides in the fields of fine and coarse carpet weaving. The Museum serves other purposes such as research in the history of carpet weaving, purchase and maintenance of Persian carpets, and holding exhibitions of this much admired art abroad.
Visiting hours: Everyday 9:00-17:00 except Mondays.
Address: Kargar-e Shomali Ave, north of Laleh Park. Tel: 657707,652093.
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