TabrizThough probably founded in antiquity, the city of Tabriz emerged as a major commercial centre in the ninth century CE. From the 13th to the 15th century CE in particular, Tabriz flourished as one of the most prosperous trading and manufacturing hubs on the Silk Route, a famous place of cultural exchange. In the 12th/13th and again in the 16th century it was the capital of Iran.
Under Ottoman rule, Tabriz lost its standing and was upset by several devastating earthquakes. Today, it is the metropolis of Iranian Azerbaijan and Iran’s fifth largest city. It is famous for handicraft - it was awarded the official title of "World Carpet Weaving City" in 2015 - and for traditional food. The huge historic bazaar at its core has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010.
The Highest Reverence for Words
Quran CalligraphyIslam is a religion of the book, and calligraphy has always been held in high esteem. This Quran shows how decorations, spendid as they are, always highlight the words. It may come from the court of Shah Tahmasp who ruled in Tehran in the 16th century.
▶The Museum of Islamic Art▶ Tabriz