The arts of Iran are one of the richest art heritages in world history and encompasses many traditional disciplines including architecture, painting, literature, music, weaving, pottery, metalworking
Iran is the place where carpet weaving was born. The discovery of Pazyryk – the oldest carpet – in the Siberia Mountains and its similarity with Persepolis made the researchers come up with the fact that this is an ancient art in Iran.
Carpets woven in towns and regional centers like Tabriz, Kerman, Mashhad, Kashan, Isfahan, Nain and Qom are characterized by their specific weaving techniques and use of high-quality materials, colors and patterns. Town manufactories like those of Tabriz have played an important historical role in reviving the tradition of carpet weaving after periods of decline.
Rugs woven by the villages and various tribes of Iran are distinguished by their fine wool, bright and elaborate colors, and specific, traditional patterns. Nomadic and small village weavers often produce rugs with bolder and sometimes more coarse designs, which are considered as the most authentic and traditional rugs of Persia, as opposed to the artistic, pre-planned designs of the larger workplaces. Gabbeh rugs are the best-known type of carpet from this line of tradition.
The most well-known and worthwhile samples of Iran’s picture art could be seen in the manuscripts which are called Persian miniature. In the Persian miniature, the designs are not similar to the real world. The close landscapes are in the lower section and the remote landscapes are in the upper section that none are full-faced.
It is the craft of making ceramic material into pots or pottery wares using mud. Clay is the most desirable soil used in this industry. Today, potteries are being made in most of the cities of Iran such as Gonabad, Lalejin in Hamedan, Meibod in Yazd, Shah Reza in Isfahan, Zanvar in Aerbaijan, Kalporgan in Sistan Balouchestan, Jouibar in Mazandaran and Siahkal in Gilan.
The art of Minakari or Enamelling is called miniature of fire as well as the decoration of metal and tile with mina glaze. Minakari or Enamelling is the art of painting, colouring and ornamenting the surface of metals by fusing over it brilliant colours that are decorated in an intricate design. Mina is the feminine form of Minoo in Persian, meaning heaven. Mina refers to the Azure colour of heaven.
Iran’s architecture goes back to the seventh millennium before Christ. This art is developed for different reasons especially religious reasons. Iranian culture is especially valuable in comparison with the architecture of the other countries in the world; features such as suitable drawing, precise mathematic calculations, respecting technological and scientific issues in the building, high terraces, elevated pillars and finally various designs that each introduce the glory of the Iranian architecture.
Iranian music has been disseminated among the Iranian people since a thousand years before Christ and the most agreeable, easiest and understandable ones are available today. A big part of the Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey and Greece are influenced by this music. Barbod and Nakisa are the musicians in Ancient Iran.