(Persia Digest) – A two-storey building in Sa’dabad Palace Complex in northern Tehran is known as the Museum of Mir Emad Calligraphy and the arts of the book. Before the 1979 Revolution, this was the residence of Farahnaz and Alireza Pahlavi, the daughter and son of Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi II, the last Shah of Iran.

The building is a combination of European and traditional Iranian architecture in a display of modern neoclassical style of architecture.

Following the revolution, the premises remained empty for a long time until the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran deemed it a suitable venue for showcasing calligraphy works. It renovated it and changed its usage into a different kind of museum.

By eliminating walls, the spaces were extended into suitable areas showcasing calligraphy works and the arts of the book.

It is named after the greatest master of calligraphy in the 11th century AH, Mir Emad Hassani –Seifi Ghazvini.

Works displayed here include collections of poetry, single lettering, manuscripts, functional tools of the trade, Elamite cuneiform inscriptions, Sassanid and Avesta inscriptions, etc.

It is estimated that the building was constructed at the turn of the 13th, 14th centuries AH.

Photos: Elaheh Mohammadian, Alireza Keikha

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