The Carpet Museum of Tehran | A treasure of priceless carpets
Located in Tehran next to the beautiful Laleh Park, the Carpet Museum is one of the world’s few museums specialized in carpets. This place is one of the favorite places for the people who are interested in the antique art of carpet-weaving, historians and researchers.
The history of The Carpet Museum
It was founded in 1976 by the Queen Farah Pahlavi, who was the last queen of Iran before the Islamic revolution. The main purpose of the museum’s construction was to keep the art of carpet-weaving alive, and it was a place for gathering the most beautiful carpets from all over the country. It should be mentioned that the traditional skills of carpet weaving in Fars province and Kashan, were inscribed in the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.
The architecture of The Carpet museum
This building was designed by the architect Abd-ol-Aziz Farmanfarmaian. One of the interesting points about this museum is its seemingly strange architecture. The structure around the exterior part, resembles a carpet loom and the pillars will cast shadows on the interior walls, reducing the effect of the hot summer sun on the interior temperature.
This two-story, elegant museum has a surface area of about 3400 square meters. The first-floor hall is a permanent exhibition of about 150 marvelous carpets; each one unique in their shape of knots, treads and colors. Some of them tell stories about ancient Persian heroes and myths, and some others represent the natural elements of Iran. The valuable carpets were woven in as far back as the 6th century and date up until present.However, museum’s second-floor hall is for seasonal or temporary exhibits.
Iranian Carpet Museum exhibiting more than carpets
The museum’s library contains about 7000 of books in foreign languages such as English, German, French and Arabic, a collection of some of the most important and rare publications and researches about Persian carpets. Furthermore, the collection also includes the verity of books in fields of cultural, religion, art and literature.
* Written by Arefeh Firouzan.
|Official Website: N/A||Entrance fee: 30.000 IRR|
|Wikipedia: Click here||Name(s) in Persian: موزه فرش|
|UNESCO Website: N/A||Public transportation availability: Yes|
|Province: Tehran|| Accommodation availability: Yes|
|Phone: 021 88977903||Facilities: Yes|
|Working days: All days||Restaurant & Cafe availability: Yes|
|Opening hours: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM||Best time to visit: All Seasons|