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"...Il palazzo ampio cento piedi e tanto grande il tappeto che vedi. Lane colorate vi ho intessuto in abbondanza, e simulano dei fiori colori e fragranza. Il suo manto orno di fiori a cento a cento eppur par leggero, da volare nel vento."
Persian rugs in Tokyo
- 20.04.09
Antique dealers at Venaria
- 04.10.08
Persian rugs in Tokyo
- 04.10.08

The association of Persian rug dealers in Tokyo has recently organised a seminar dedicated to the art of Persian carpets, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of cultural cooperation between Iran and Japan. On 20 April, two representatives of the Japanese parliament officially opened work in a venue, the main hall of the University of Tokyo, that was literally flooded with flowers, sent in large corbeilles by the parliament. The participation of the dealers was very lively; the group is compact and mutually supportive, and is not new to such initiatives, as demonstrated by the presence in the room of about five hundred people. Guests were received by Ahmad Shobeiri and Mariyam Charkhchi, respectively president and secretary of the Association. The seminar saw many contributions, including that of Takaya Sumu, Japanese Ambassador to Iran during the Khatami government; a passionate collector of rugs, he spoke of the significance and importance of the rug in the daily life and of his experience in Teheran. Kazuku Fukami is the first – and perhaps only – weaver of “Persians” rugs in Japan: enamoured of Persian carpets since she was a child, she learned the tradition during a visit to Teheran, where she also learned how to knot rugs using the technique typical of Sarough. Today in Japan, she produces perfect carpets using these traditional techniques and methods. Finally, Taher Sabahi presented a report on the historical roots of the Oriental textiles tradition, following the most important steps in all the Eastern countries. Interspersed by convivial moments, music and dance compared the Japanese artistic tradition (documented among others by the Kabuki dance maestro, Atsoshi Okamakon) with that of Iran (Ruzbehe Nafisy, with his santour), the seminar concluded with a the attribution of prizes and awards to the organisers and speakers.

In the following days, the Association together with then initiated a series of lectures aimed at students of artistic disciplines: fifty people attended the six lessons of a “rug-making school”, like that supported by the University of Teheran, thanks to an initiative by the Iranian Ministry of Culture; the speaker was again Taher Sabahi, who gave the students a certificate of attendance endorsed by the Ministry at the end of the course.


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