(Persia Digest) – An exhibition of mirrorwork in Iranian architecture has opened at the Golestan Palace – Unesco World Heritage Center – in Tehran.

Mirrorwork in Iran dates back to the Sassanid period (651-224 BCE). It is the process of putting together small pieces of broken mirrors in geometric shapes and plant and flora patterns as interior decoration. Artisans in this field cut mirrors in a myriad of shapes to create a bright, magnificent space inside buildings in which light is reflected in the endless number of tiny mirrors to give it a breathtaking beauty. It also acts as an ideal cladding for strength and durability.

Water and mirror represent purity, light, and truthfulness in Iranian culture. Their uses in architecture probably represent the same philosophy.


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Mirrorwork has remained behind in many historic buildings from different eras in Iran. One of the most significant ones is the mirrorwork in the Shams ol-Emareh building in Golestan Palace.

The mirrorwork exhibition of Master Siavash Tarzi has also been staged in the same building and forums have been planned on this art here in the near future.

Visitors can attend the event until 19 July 2019 from 09h00-16h00 at the Golestan Palace.

Shams ol-Emareh is Tehran’s first 5-storey building which was constructed in 1903 on the orders of Nasser-e-Din Shah of Qajar east of Tehran’s citadel. This is one of Golestan Palace’s most prominent buildings.

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