Mirror Art

April 15, 2021

Shekoufeh Ahmadi Arts & Crafts
Reading Time: 2 Minutes

Iranians have long considered water and mirrors as a symbol of light and purity. The use of mirror parts in buildings, the construction of ponds and fountains in buildings and structures is of the same importance.

The art of mirror work has also had economic roots. From the 16th century, the mirror was brought to Iran as one of the items imported from Europe, especially from Venice. While importing, many of them used to break down, and Iranian artists with an economic keenness and artistic taste found an innovative way to use the broken pieces for mirror work.

Mirror Art, which is one of the arts related to architecture, is mostly used in religious and sacred places and historical houses in Fars province to beautify the interior of the building. The main method of mirror work is knot design, which has its roots in the combination of geometric parts of the mirror and its expansion according to the specific principles of the knot, 'Islamic and Khatai' rotary design, which cuts such designs in accordance with Islamic arches and screws. And the flowers and plants require special skills in mirroring. The art of mirror work is common in the cities of Shiraz, Isfahan, Mashhad, Tehran, and Qom, but the art of mirror work in Shiraz has a special reputation due to its high quality. Professor Mohammad Zarif Sanaei is one of the masters of this art in Shiraz.

In a Nutshell

Upon entering holy places or other magnificent buildings, the doors and walls decorated with their mirror work dazzle the eyes of the viewers. The mirrors that you see in holy places like Shahcheragh are the work of master artists of Shiraz. This art is created by cutting pieces of mirrors and putting them together.

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