The Carpet Museum of Iran is located on northwest of Laleh Park in Tehran Iran, and only 7-8 minutes walking distance to Contemporary Art Museum. Laleh Park and the carpet museum is one of the most popular places to visit in Tehran.
A handmade carpet means many things to Persian families and other regions. It's a display of wealth, an investment, a family heirloom, and a source of energy - full of spiritual and cultural spirit. So it's no surprise the Tehran Carpet Museum is a symbol of the entire regions traditions and culture.
Once you arrive the Carpet Museum building itself, you'll find it has beautiful architecture with a facade resembling a carpet-weaving loom. There are many photo opportunities, however flash photography is not allowed inside.
The Carpet Museum of Iran was designed by Queen Farah Diba to mix ‘70s style with carpet-inspired function, and the exterior loom functions to cool down the main building by casting shadows on its walls.
If you compare Iran weaving styles, you'll find the city carpets have more of a modern commercial nature, in contrast to village which haven't changed much over the centuries. Remarkably this is because Iran's nomadic and tribal rugs were unaffected by the commercial trends, but also because they make for great gifts and souvenirs for locals and foreigners alike.
The carpet trends greatly reflect weavers lifestyle also, this evolved a fascinating story into the history of Persian Carpets.
The Carpet Museum is composed of two exhibition galleries, over two floors and 3400 m2, including regional displays amongst the national works of art:
Between the two floors, Tehran's carpet museum houses more than 150 pieces dating from the 17th century to the present day. These regional displays found in Iran are stunning, plus there are a few unique carpets such as the "Tree of Life" with "Kings and Notables".
These are just some of the most famous places to visit in Tehran. But perhaps the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
The best way to discover Tehran is to hire an experienced local tour guide. Either compare the packaged Iran tours or join a cheap Tehran Walking Tour to learn about it's rich history and inspiring culture. You'll get more information of the places to visit in Tehran with an experienced local tour guide.
My favorite luxury hotels in Tehran are the 5 Star Espinas Hotel and Parsian Azadi Hotel Tehran (ex-Grand Hyatt Hotel prior to revolution), both with professional staff and great views from different parts of Tehran. Double rooms start from US $230 and $250 respectively, including breakfast.
Decent 4 Star Hotels also include Niloo Hotel and Escan Hotel. Or for more budget options, the 3 Star Rated Mashad Hotel is right next to Taleghani Metro and provides comfort at US $130 for a double, including breakfast. Otherwise Iran Central Hotel (Hotel Markazi), Firouzeh Hotel, and Golestan Hotel Tehran are also some of the better budget options under $80/night.
There are also Hostels in Tehran from $10 U.S. per night for the budget travellers.
Of the Best Restaurants in Tehran, not far away from the city centre is the popular Gol Rezaeieye Cafe serving great traditional Iranian meals in a cute and hip American diner setting. Dizi Restaurant is also rated highly on Trip Adviser for a great stew, or Coffeeshop and Veggie Restaurant serves only vegetarian meals if that's more you (conveniently near Artists Park in Tehran). Or if you're in northern Tehran near Darband, Tehran SPU Restaurant is highly recommended. But for a great cup of coffee checkout Romaan Book Cafe near the Italian Embassy (what a perfectly match).
Need to Know
For general up-to-date information about the Carpet Museum of Iran see this website:
For public transportation you can use the Tehran metro lines 3 (green) and 4 (blue) to reach Enqelab square.
The normal hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the year except Mondays and Religious Holidays.
Visiting Hours in Spring
Visiting Hours in Autumn & Winter
The exhibition gallery and library are closed on Mondays.
Basic Museum admission:
• 25000 Rials for foreign tourists.
• 2500 Rials for Iranian adults.
• Free admission for members of Association of the Friends of Cultural Heritage and ICOM with ID cards.
Please Excuse our Renovations
As you plan your next visit to The Carpet Museum, you should note that some of our exhibit halls and resource centers are temporarily closed for reorganization. For more information, please call (21) 88962703 - 88967707
P.O.Box : 11365-4595
Tel : +98 21 88962703
Fax : +98 21 88967707
• Gift Store is located on the First Level (Cultural Heritage Foundation Store).
• Information Desks are located on the First Level entrance.
• Smoking is not permitted in any area of the Museum.
• Telephones are located on First Floor.
• Visitor Services Information is located at the First Floor.
• Video and still photography are permitted throughout the permanent collections of the Museum and Research Institute using existing light only. No photography of any kind is permitted in the Rugs gallery. No commercial photography is permitted. No camera stands are permitted.
• Tea House is located on first level.
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