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12/04/11

Parviz Tanavoli to showcase his Persian carpets in Dubai

Report Source: Tehran Times

The Iranian Etemad Gallery in Dubai will be hanging a collection of Persian carpets created by veteran Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli from December 9-14.


Persian Flatweaves by Parviz Tanavoli (2007)

Highlighting the significance of Persian carpets and its beautiful designs and patterns, the exhibit will be narrating part of the history of Persian carpets.

Known as the country's first significant modern sculptor, Tanavoli has concentrated on old pictorial carpets which have been replaced with modern designs these days, the Persian service of ILNA reported on Saturday.

Foremost Iranian artist, Parviz Tanavoli, was a founder member of Saqqakhaneh a term coined for an artistic movement which began in 1960s Iran and which sought to integrate popular symbols of Shi'a culture in art,a spiritual Pop Art as it has been described. He has long been inspired by the word Heech - meaning nothing - which has created in numerous and ever more ambitious forms. It has been said that the word symbolizes for him both an ambivalence towards the past and a sense of meaningless or dissolution with an inadequate present. The letter forms are in the traditional Persian script nasta'liq while the cage alludes to the Saqqakhaneh itself, a ceremonial public structure constructed in memory of thirsty Shi'a martyrs at Kerbela which gave its name to the movement.

Source: Dr. Venetia Porter, Curator of the Islamic Arts Division, the British Museum

Tanavoli is the author of "Persian Flatweaves", the first comprehensive survey on Persian carpets and the exhibit is trying to show part of these old flatweaves.

Flatweaves have until recently been seen as merely the products and property of the poor. Since the late 1960s, however, growing attention has been paid to the best known type of flatweave, the kilim, revealing both its quality and variety.


report from Tanavoli's exhibition in London (starts at 18:05)

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