0835 GMT May 21, 2019
The exhibition titled ‘Gates of Heaven’ are on display from today and will run until January 18 at Tehran’s Milad Tower, IRNA wrote.
The historical rugs were woven by artists from Tehran, Tabriz, Kashan, Isfahan and Najafabad.
The main characteristic of the historical handicrafts is that they are related to prayer.
Patterns in prayer mats represent the place in a mosque where the prayer leader stands and is ornamented with pillars, chandeliers and flowers. Among the sub-patterns are: Tree Mihrab [Altar], Vase-Column Mihrab, Chandelier Mihrab, Vase Mihrab and Landscape Mihrab.
In Qajar Dynasty and First Pahlavi Era, the pattern of boteh jegheh (Paisely pattern) was used to decorate royal regalia, crowns, and court garments, as well as textiles used by the public. The design comes from ancient times of Zoroastrianism as an expression of essence of that religion and it became subsequently a decoration element which is widely used in Azarbaijani and Isfahan sub-cultures and architectures.