World of Persian Carpet

The Ten-day Course of World of Persian Carpet

1. Introduction
2. Program details
3. Recommended Sources for Pre-reading
4. Fee Payment
5. Teaching Outcomes
6. Requirements
7. Certification
8. Required Documents
9. Registration

1. Introduction

  • 20-29 August 2017
  • 29 Mordad – 7 Shahrivar, 139

Carpet is known as one of the most ancient and important handicrafts of Iran, and one which is closely related to the life, beliefs, and culture of Iranians. The short term course of the World of Persian Carpet will be held in the four cities of Tehran, Qom, Kashan and Isfahan. The course is an opportunity to learn about the history of carpet weaving, different styles of carpet design, and the role of carpet in the life of Iranians, and to undertake a semiotic study of carpet patterns and their status in Islamic-Iranian spirituality and thought. During the ten-day course, the participants will visit the best works of art, the most important carpet looms and traditional carpet bazaars.
The main program involves the following activities: theoretical and practical lessons, presentations of various essays about carpets, visits to museums and carpet masterpieces in Iran, and familiarization with the social and traditional culture of Iran through participation in religious festivals and experiencing Iranian traditional music, theater, and cinema performances.

2. Program details

Date & Locations Topics Topics Extracurricular
20th August

(9 – 10:30)

 Iranian Carpet, History &Introduction
(12:30 – 1:30)
 National Museum of Iran
(14 – 18)

21st August

Iranian carpet design 1
(9 – 10:30)
 Iranian carpet design 2
(11 – 12:30)
 Iran Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization

22nd August

 Hikmah (philosophy) of Islamic art
(9 – 10:30)
 Hikmah (philosophy) of Iranian carpet
(11 – 12:30)
National Museum of Iran
(14 – 18)
The Nature (Tabi’at) Bridge
(19 – 21)

23rd August

Learning various methods of carpet weaving  Imamzadeh Yahya,  Darband

24th August

Trip to Qom  A Visit to the shrine of Fatima Masoumeh and its museum,
Qom Historical Bazaar, Yazdanpanah Historical House, watching Movie

25th August

Trip to Kashan
(9 a.m.)
 Kashan Carpet loom
 Kashan Fin Garden Bath
Ameri ha Historical House
(10:30- 13:30)

26th August

Trip to Isfahan

Carpet dyeing
(14 – 18)

 Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
Ālī Qāpū Palace

27th August

Carpet weaving workshop
(9 – 13)
 Jameh Mosque of Isfahan

28th August

A friendly discussion on the course findings and outcomes
(18 – 20)
 Dinner & Closing
29th August
 Isfahan Bazaar
 Booking out
( 14 )

3. Recommended Sources for Pre-reading

i. Islamic Studies:

  • Shi’ite Islam by Sayed Muhammad Hossein Tabataba’i
  • Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks) by Carl W. Ernst

ii. Islamic art Studies:

  • The Wisdom of Islamic Art by Seyyed Razi Mousavi Gilani | Download PDF
  • Methodology of Islamic Art by Seyyed Razi Mousavi Gilani | Download PDF

iii. Persian Carpet Studies:

  • The Original Rug Lexicon by Peter F. Stone, ISBN 0-500-27949-7
  • Rugs and Carpets of the World edited by Ian Bennett, ISBN- 13: 9780905746241
  • The Persian Carpet by Cecil Edwards, ISBN-13: 978-0715602560

4. Fee Payment


‎€1500 March 15-August 1, 2017
  • The ten-day program fee (Except Flight and Visa payments) includes: airport transfers, program transport and travel, housing arrangements, meals, lectures and presentations, program pamphlets or handbook, visits to museums, historical sites and art centers.
  • All hotel rooms are booked as double. For single room it is needed to pay additional money: 32 euro per night.
  • The application for candidacy for Fellowship is in addition to registration for the program and it is needed to write two letters entitled as:
    • Requesting fellowship (includes the reasons and amount of fellowship)
    • Interests (includes the applicant’s interests and the aims of participating in the course)
    • For more information about scholarship opportunities please see:
  • 100 euro must be paid as a deposit on booking in order to confirm the applicant’s place on the course. The balance must be paid IN CASH in Iran before the start of the course. Deposits shall not be refunded for cancellations.

5. Teaching Outcomes

The course is a great way to experience Iranian culture and civilization and by the end of the course, you understand the history of Persian carpet, its characteristics, different styles, philosophical bases and practice carpet weaving in looms. Also, you will learn to see the various issues of Islamic Persian art in Iranian perspective.

6. Requirements

To participate in the ten-day program, applicants are required to agree to:

  1. Make a presentation in all classes and Workshops/discussions organized as part of the program.
  2. ii. Submit a final report to ISOA by September 30, 2017, which describes the experiences and findings on the course.  The final reports become the property of ISOA to be posted to its website for use by other applicants.

7. Certification

 All students receive a graduation certificate upon completion of their program, which is granted by University of Tehran and Islamic School of Art (ISOA).

8. Required Documents (Electronic copies required)

  1. Resume: A list of your current academic position, educational achievements, and professional activities. Provide details regarding previous curriculum and/or staff development experiences.
  2. A completed form of ISOA Short term course. Click here to download the form.

9. Registration

Applications must include all required documents and be submitted no later than 15 Jun, 2017 to the Islamic School Of Art ( ISOA), the course of World of Persian Carpet Register. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For further information please contact Maryam Kheradmand (International communication coordinator)

Or Muhammad Hossein Ashtiani (Director of scientific cooperation office and international affairs)


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