IRAN ART EXHIBITION: DIVERSITY IN PERSIAN HANDICRAFTS
Iran has an ancient history and is the origin of one of the most important human civilizations. Archaeological findings, some dating back to eight thousand years ago, clearly indicate that the country had been the cradle of culture and art since long ago. Handicrafts are the best manifestations of this fact. Iranian handicrafts include fourteen major branches and more than 300 products; this fact proves that the art-industry of handicrafts has a long history in Iran. Handicrafts embody various aspects of history, nature and cultural continuity and identity of different Iranian tribes.
The main branches of handicrafts in Iran are: traditional textile, woven handicrafts made on looms, traditional clothes, traditional embroideries, traditional prints, architectural manual arts, pottery and ceramic, leather handicrafts, metal handicrafts, sea handicrafts, wooden handicrafts, traditional paper-based handicrafts, stone handicrafts and glass works.
IRAN ART EXHIBITION: it is the art of creating shapes by melting silica, mineral oxides and glass pieces. Artists create a cream of this material and then shape it by different methods such as blowing and molding to make decorative or consumable dishes. Aina-Kari (a kind of interior decoration by putting small pieces of mirror together in geometric forms), carving glasses, stained glasses and vitrail are different kinds of this art.
It is worth knowing that from more than 600 instances of handicrafts registered in UNESCO world heritage, 366 of them belong to Iran out of which 196 items are from Isfahan. Hence, due to the variety of historical works in Isfahan (which is among the first 8 cities of the world), its architecture, long history of trading, production continuity, supply and sales of traditional arts and handicrafts, it was registered as the creative city of handicrafts in 2015.