Iran

Carpet Museum of Iran

A modern museum spotlights the ancient art of Iranian carpet weaving

Writer

Rohollah Faghihi & Sara Pourahmadi

Photographer

Hanif Shoaei

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‘The carpet is a symbol of Iran,’ says Masoume Moghise, as she guides a crowd of tourists around the Carpet Museum of Iran.

In the museum’s main exhibition hall, Persian rugs drape heavily against the walls and are exhibited as works of art behind red cordon ropes. Covering the floor is an industrial, beige medium pile carpet, but despite its seemingly average quality (in aesthetic and material), Moghise still values it. Out of respect, she encourages visitors to wear disposable blue plastic shoe covers before entering the museum.

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A modern museum spotlights the ancient art of Iranian carpet weaving
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