Joint Research Project
Tehran, Carpet Museum of Iran, Spring 2016, International Day of Museums
Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), Deputy for Cultural Heritage, Directorate for Museums and Movable Cultural-Historical Properties, Carpet Museum of Iran
Pishin Pajouh Culture and Art Centre
Persian Garden Institute for Living Heritage (PGILH)
Mohammad Reza Miri
Katherine Azami Tirani
In the course of a research project jointly participated by Pishin Pajouh and PGILH on the historical carpets in the collections of Golestan Palace and Sa’dabad Palace, Tehran, Iran, the two institutes were attracted by a number of carpet samples that are known in the history of Iranian Carpet weaving as Amuqli carpets. Amuqli carpets constitute a prominent class among Iranian carpet weaving schools with products that Iranians take pride in.
Kahnamouei Family (also known as Amuqli Family), originally from Tabriz, Azarbayjan, lived in Khorasan of late 19th and early 20th Centuries, and revolutionized carpet weaving techniques of their time with their innovations. The innovative style that lasted for almost one century is referred to by Iranian carpet experts as a turning point in the history of the art. Their art contributed enormously to the popularity of Iranian carpet in different parts of the world. Samples of Amuqli carpets are kept in museums of various countries. Some experts even describe the period of Amuqli contribution as the golden period in the history of Iranian Carpets, and claim that the innovations of the people who followed Amuqli have been minor.
The expert panel presentations and the subsidiary exhibition of spring 2016 organized by Pishin Pajouh and PGILH provided the opportunity for Pishin Pajouh and PGILH to present a report of their joint project on Amuqli carpets.
The joint project resulted in the following accomplishments:
- A comprehensive research on a unique collection of Amuqli carpets;
- Updating the literature on Amuqli carpets;
- Updating the literature on Iranian carpets and art of carpet weaving;
- Providing an updated review of the state of the Amuqli holdings for preservation purposes;
- Providing guidelines on proper preservation of both Amuqli holdings and other carpet collections;
- Preparation of a reliable source for researchers, practitioners, and other stakeholders.