In 1976, it was suggested that an Iranian carpet museum be
founded. Therefore some of the qualified experts on carpet
set off on a trip to several cities and countries to
collect different kinds of valuable carpets. After a while
some carpets were collected. This procedure assumed even
greater importance after 1979. Now there are many valuable
carpets on display in Iran Carpet Museum to preserve the
cultural heritage of Iran.
Building of the museum with beautiful architecture and
white ornaments, which associate it with a carpet loom, is
located on a beautiful scene beside Park of Laleh.
The exhibition hall of museum covers 3400 square meters
(~10200 square feet), containing two halls used to display
different kinds of kilims and handmade rugs. The ground
floor hall is devoted fairs and the one upstairs to
temporary exhibition of kilim and rugs.
One of the oldest and most important carpets, available in
this museum, is a carpet belonging to safavid era, called
"Sangeshku". There are also seven animal
carpets, "Sheikh Safieddin Ardebili" carpet,
garden carpets and tapis Polonaise or Polish carpets,
which are some of the precious carpets available in this
Usually about 200 items of these carpets have been on
display, being the masterpieces of Persian carpets woven
at the main centers of carpet weaving like Kashan, Kerman,
Isfahan, Tabriz, Khorasan, Kurdistan, ...
Carpet, known as Polish carpet was made in Isfahan, 17th
century, to fill the order of a Polish Prince. This carpet
was transferred to Poland at the time. Materials of these
carpets are silk fibers, as well as natural dyes woven
together with gold and silver threads. As many as 300
carpets of this kind had been Identified throughout the
world, so far of which seven carpets have been brought and
returned to Iran.
There is an exhibition hall in museum that shows
specialized films in the field of carpet weaving and
designing kilim motifs.
Library of museum contains 7000 books, which are available
to researchers and those interested in art. It should be
mentioned that there is a collection of the most precious
books, publications and pieces of research about Persian
Carpet in library, which is very valuable.
In order to preserve the art of kilim and rug weaving, the
museum has founded a number of classes to teach carpet
weaving, design of carpet motifs and repair and darning of
the damaged rug and kilims. At the end of these courses, a
valid certificate is awarded to students. There is also a
public repair shop that repairs people's precious carpets.
This shop is founded by the demand of collectors and
owners of valuable carpets.
There is a tea-shop at the corner of the building of
museum, which reminds the old and traditional Iranian coffee-shops
and receives the guests and people, who are interested in
art and old Iranian traditions.