On my last night in Tehran, one of my cousins had planned to take me to Bagh Muze Honare Irani, The Garden Museum of Iranian Artists. What a great choice she made because I loved it! Outside in the garden area, there are miniatures of some of the great Iranian sites such as Shamsolemareh, Borge Milad, and Meydun Azadi in Tehran, Si-o-se Pol and Chehel Sotun in Esfahan, and many others. Since we went at night, I'm sure we missed a few others. As you can see, the cats were having a field day both inside and outside this museum!
After entering the garden, there is a beautiful art gallery on the left called Kohan Diyar Gallery. As soon as I saw the portraits of the Sufi dancers through the window, I beelined for the inside. Turns out the owner has a penchant for this dance known as samā.
|The cats couldn't resist napping on the cushy Persian rugs.|
Inside the gallery on the left, there were little stalls each with a different theme: evil eye, Sufism, miniature art, pomegranates...
The upper part of the gallery had more artsy furniture and paintings. I loved one of the Sufi samā dancers, so after the manager made a quick phone call to the artist to inquire about the price, it was all bubble wrapped and ready for me to take home. If only I had had more room, there would have been several more items from this gallery in my suitcase.
|Haji Firooz on the right (kind of like our version of Santa Claus on Norooz)|
|This Sufi found a happy home in my apartment.|
If you are in Tehran, I highly recommend visiting this gallery (and taking a little break in the coffee shop). It offers a beautiful glimpse of a mix of traditional and contemporary Iranian art. Follow Kohan Diyar Gallery's Facebook page to keep up with special exhibits and events!