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Ghalamkar (Qalamkar)- The art of Persian Woodblock art!

Ghalamkar (Qalamkar)- The art of Persian Woodblock art!

The word ghalamkar/qalamkar is a Persian name which is derived from the words ghalam/qalam (pen) and “kari” which means craftsmanship, as you can tell from the name it is originated from the way they were made before which was painted by hand rather than blocks. This art began around 400 years ago in Iran during the Safavieh ruling, This Craft was so popular in the 1846s that it is said 100s of men would be washing their cloths at the river every day. This art as beautiful and delicate it may seem it has a complex and lengthy process. In...

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The Persian art of “Minakari” or “Enamelling”

The Persian art of “Minakari” or  “Enamelling”

Are they glass? 'No' - Clay? 'No, They are copper enamel plate!!'.  One of the most frequent question we have been asked. The more you know about the pieces, the more precious they will be to you. So why not have a 50-second read about the Art of Minakari! Painting Mina is a very complicated art and it takes a lot of skill and experience, and we at Iran sheen want to give you an idea of the amount of effort and history that goes into these beautiful pieces, since we offer these fascinating products ourselves. So here are a...

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'Yalda Night' The shortest day, or the longest night?!

'Yalda Night'  The shortest day, or the longest night?!

 "Yalda night" is one of the most ancient festivals rooted within the Persian culture and still celebrated today. Why is it celebrated, you ask? Well it may be a short day, but that also means it’s a long night! Yes, Iranian celebrate the longest night of the year or "Winter solstice" which is on 20/21 December, or as some cultures call it, "the shortest day of the year". However we like to look at the full half of the glass and find it as another reason to spend time with our loved ones and celebrate it. In addition to Iran,  other countries...

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Khatam - Why I am fascinated by Khatam art!

Khatam Artwork Khatam Kari Persian Handicraft

Khatam - Why I am fascinated by Khatam art!

Have you ever heard of khatam? Maybe you have and that's why you are on our blog or maybe you have not. However, now that you are here find out about this alluring ancient Persian design. Khatam artwork is used for decorating surface of objects with delicate, breath- taking and precisely cut geometric patterns. Khātam is an ancient Persian technique of inlaying where art forms are made by decorating the surface of wooden articles with delicate pieces of wood, bone and metal precisely-cut intricate geometric patterns. As surprising as it may sound in each cubic centimetre of inlaid work there...

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Sizdah BeDar – Lucky number 13!

Sizdah BeDar – Lucky number 13!

Across the globe, the number 13 is generally considered to be unlucky. In fact, people often avoid this number at all costs! However, Iranians are coming together to shed the bad omens around the number 13 and instead cast it into positivity, happiness and great joy. ‘How is this possible?’, you ask. Celebrating Sizdah Be-Dar on the thirteenth day of Farvardin (the first month of the Iranian calendar), Iranians gather on this special day to celebrate an Iranian festival tradition. Also referred to as ‘Nature Day’, Sizdah Be-Dar is an official holiday in Iran and is a universally festive and...

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