News ID: 313743
Published: 0900 GMT June 09, 2021

Abgineh Museum in Tehran, a unique collection of glassblowing arts

Abgineh Museum in Tehran, a unique collection of glassblowing arts

Si-e Tir (30th Tir) Street is one of the oldest, most magnificent streets in Tehran. It is located in the historic texture of the capital and in recent years, has turned to one of the attractions of the city.

The street is house to many monuments and museums and it is a great place to observe the architecture and style of the old streets of Tehran. One of its attractions is the Abgineh Museum. This beautiful museum is situated in a historical house and a large garden is surrounding it, reported.

It is a beautiful old building that now is home to interesting ancient crafts. Abgineh Museum of Iran known also as Glassware and Ceramic Museum is one of the unique collections of glassblowing arts in Iran. If you always find glassblowing and glassware interesting, now it’s the best chance for you to see how Persians used to make them thousands of years ago.

This museum that is actually a historical house is 90 years old. It belonged to Ahmad Qavam, one of the famous politicians of the Qajar Era. He had used this beautiful house as his residence and working office. In 1980, it was turned into a museum and in 1998 it was registered on Iran’s National Heritage List.

This impressive house is located in a 7,000m garden, which is astoundingly decorated with intricate wooden windows and fifty kinds of brickwork.

This building has two floors and five halls. The first and second halls are on the first floor, and the other ones are on other floors upstairs. In the second hall the oldest glasses, glass pipes and clay pots are located. The designer of the display windows of the museum was an Austrian engineer called Hans Holiehn. The ornaments of the building include wood embossing of the door frames and stairways and the façade of the building with 50 different types of brick.

You will see a combination of Iranian and European (19th century) architectural style in this mansion. The first floor joined to the second one through wooden stairs like Russian style. To set entrance temperature and light into the building they used double-glazed windows instead of wooden doors. These designs are based on Seljuk art. Don’t forget to take a look at the delicate plaster works! So, just look up at the ceiling and walls from time to time. And, you may fall in love with the mirror works, a lovely item in Persian decoration.

The building is curated chronologically in such a way that pre-Islamic items are in the first floor containing Bolur Hall, holding glassworks from ancient Iran, and Mina Hall, holding the most iconic items which are glass tubes from Choqa Zanbil, dating back to 2,000 BCE.

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