Tehran calligraphy show promoting Iranian calico art

August 18, 2015

TEHRAN – An exhibition of works by calligraphers Omid Ganjali and Mohsen Soleimani opened at Tehran’ Niavaran Cultural Center on Sunday to promote qalamkari, Iranian calico art that the artists believe is being forgotten.

The artworks were previously showcased at “From Earth to Heaven”, an exhibition that the Salam Art Creations Institute, a Tehran-based private organization developing Iranian arts, held at Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul in July.

All 30 calligraphy works are huge in size with designs of qalamkari done on their margins.

Qalamkari is passing into oblivion in the country, Salam Art Creations Institute Managing Director Rafi Razavi told the Persian service of ISNA on Sunday.

The exhibition was organized to turn the spotlight on Iranian art, he added.

“We need to take serious action to support artisans and masters who are still active in this field of time-honored art,” he stated.

The exhibition will run until August 25.

Photo: Art fans visit an exhibition of calligraphy works promoting qalamkari, Iranian calico art, at Tehran’ Niavaran Cultural Center on August 16, 2015. (ISNA/Mona Hubefekr)

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