|Scholar urges Iran to register teahouse painting with UNESCO before other countries claim it||
“There are fears that countries like Egypt, Iraq, or even Pakistan may make claims on this national art form, because this art has previously been transferred into those countries from Iran,” he said during the closing ceremony of an art show at the Imam Ali Religious Arts Museum on Thursday.
The teahouse has had various functions in different eras during its 400-year history in Iran. Teahouses used to be places where people gathered to spend their leisure time listening to a naqqal (Iranian traditional storyteller) reciting Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh. People talked and exchanged views, and along with lutis (wise and generous people), helped poor people.
Teahouse painters emerged in such an atmosphere. They listened to the discussions and tales, using them as subjects for the paintings they drew on the walls, tiles, stones and canvases. Sometimes, teahouse owners commissioned the painters to draw the stories.
With their own unique perspective not used in other styles, teahouse painters drew motifs entirely based on their imagination. The themes of such paintings are epic stories, traditions and religion.
Even zurkhanehs (Iranian traditional sports clubs) used such masterpieces for decoration.
The performance of the tar and methods for the construction of the Iranian musical instrument were inscribed on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity for the Republic of Azerbaijan in December 2012.
Azerbaijan also plans to registered chogan, polo in Iranian style, on the list during the 8th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from December 2 to 7.
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