The Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our museums are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.

Rugs from Iran (Persia)

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The large variety of rugs and carpets woven in Iran (traditionally called Persia) reflect the region’s diverse artistic traditions as well as the economic circumstances of production. The Museum’s collection ranges from the ornate carpets of urban workshops to more homely examples from village weavers and the boldly decorated pieces of tribal peoples.

The Golden Age of Persian carpets, and Persian art generally, was during the Safavid dynasty (1501-1722 CE). Rulers established large city …