Exquisite tiles on display at the ministry headquarters
TEHRAN – Examples of traditional Haft-Rang (âseven colorsâ) tiles were exhibited at the headquarters of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts in Tehran.
The five-day exhibition is held to mark Yalda Night, which Iranians treasure in honor of the longest night of the year.
According to the organizers, the name Haft-Rang does not imply an exact number of colors, but it emphasizes the special techniques needed to make the tiles.
Today, Haft-Rang tiles are mainly produced in 15 by 15 cm in almost seven colors: blue, turquoise, red, yellow, fawn, black and white. The technique prevents colors from mixing with each other as they are separated by lines of a special type of ink with oil and magnesium components.
The Haft-Rang tile reached its perfection in Shiraz. Haft Rang tiles from Shiraz differ from other cities in the quality and chemical components of their glaze, according to Visit Iran.
One of the best examples of the use of Haft-Rang tiles is the Nassir ol-Molk Mosque, also known as the Pink Mosque. Other architectures in Shiraz that have benefited from Haft Rang tiles are Vakil Mosque, Narenjestan Mansion and Afif Abad Garden. Additionally, a prime example of Haft-Rang tiles can be found in the UNESCO-listed Golestan Palace in downtown Tehran.
With 14 entries, Iran ranks first in the world for the number of cities and towns recorded by the World Crafts Council, China with seven entries, Chile with four and India with three.
The value of Iranian handicrafts exports stood at $ 120 million in the first eleven months of the last Iranian calendar year 1399 (March 20, 2020 – February 18, 2021), Mehr reported. The country’s handicrafts exports have fallen in the months mentioned compared to the same period last year due to the damage the coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on global trade.
The Islamic Republic exported handicrafts worth $ 427 million in the first eleven months of calendar year 1398. Of this figure, some $ 190 million was earned through the suitcase trade (cleared for transfers in duty and tax exemption) across 20 provinces, according to data compiled by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts.
The public exhibition will run until December 22.