0914 GMT May 24, 2022
Located in the heart of Tehran, next to the famous Laleh Park, the structure of the Carpet Museum of Iran resembles a weaving loom on its facade, and hosts two galleries (permanent and temporary) on two floors, covering an area of 3,400 square meters, irantourismer.com reported.
The main purpose of founding this museum was to develop the art of carpet-weaving and gathering different types of carpets from all over the country.
As a result, the museum became an excellent source of research on carpets for lovers of art and culture.
Works from various artists are kept in the museum and full information regarding the carpets is mentioned next to them.
Some carpets tell old stories about Persian heroes and myths, while others represent the natural elements of Iran.
The carpets belong to different parts of the country and, in each section of the museum, there are descriptions presenting the differences in the patterns and materials used in the carpets, depending on the city in which they originate.
Different artworks, produced in Iran’s several carpet-weaving hubs including Kerman, East Azarbaijan, Isfahan and Kurdestan provinces, are preserved in the museum.
The Carpet Museum of Iran has a library consisting of 3,500 books in Persian, Arabic, French, English and German languages, which researchers could use. The museum also has a bookstore.
In addition, the best books, publications and research on Iranian carpets and, in general, eastern carpets, along with books on various issues including religion, art and literature are kept in the library. Movies and slides of weaving carpets and rugs are also shown to visitors.
The first thing you notice is the museum’s building itself. If you look closely, you can see that this building looks like a giant carpet-weaving loom! This is the art of Abdolaziz Mirza Farmanfarmaian, the architect of this museum. He designed the building in a way that the pillars cast shadows on the building so that hot summer temperatures are lowered in this way.
The museum has two main halls, one for displaying over 150 types of Persian carpets, and one for seasonal exhibitions.
Attractions near the museum
The Carpet Museum of Iran is located in a great park called Laleh (Tulip). In this park there are other interesting attractions including the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts and several shops which sell Iranian artworks, handicrafts and foods.
There are also galleries, booths, and restaurants around the park. Moreover, the park itself would be a great place for walking or resting after visiting its attractions.