Tourist & Resident Guide to Iran

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Carpet Museum Tehran

Not far from the Museum of Contemporary Art and also adjacent to Laleh Park, the Carpet Musuem of Iran is one of the most rewarding to visit of Tehran's many museums.

Most of the carpets on display are from the 19th or 20th centuries but there are a handful of older specimens from as far back as the 16th century.

Contrary to information provided in the Lonely Planet: Iran, photography is permitted though use of flash is not.

Hunting and wildlife scenes show off the carpet makers art to the greatest extent.

Carpet Museum, Tehran

Look at the dynamism of the animals and birds among the swirling floral design of this carpet.

Carpet Museum, Tehran

Some of the more abstract geometric motifs reminded me strongly of Native American patterns.

Carpet Museum, Tehran

Carpet Museum, Tehran

The “Tree of Life” is a common motif in Persian painting as well as carpets.

Carpet Museum, Tehran

This “Tree of Life” design incorporates portraits of dozens of important personages throughout history…

Carpet Museum, Tehran

…including a very gruff-looking Queen Victoria.

Carpet Museum, Tehran

Here is a carpet depicting the impressively-moustachioed Shah Abbas the Great of the Safavid Period.

Carpet Museum, Tehran

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