Tazhib: an ancient yet reviving illumination art
July 2, 2024
Slow Art: The Master Illuminator Of Tehran
July 3, 2024
Tazhib: an ancient yet reviving illumination art
July 2, 2024
Slow Art: The Master Illuminator Of Tehran
July 3, 2024

Mohammad Hossein Aghamiri, an artist who specialises in Persian miniatures, uses a magnifying glass as he works on one of his pieces depicting al-Fatiha, the first chapter of the Koran, at his workshop in Tehran on June 5, 2024.(ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images) Iranian artist Mohammad Hossein Aghamiri sometimes labours for six months on a single design, very carefully — he knows a single crooked line could ruin his entire artwork. In the age of AI-assisted graphic design on computer screens, the centuries-old tradition of Persian illumination offers an antidote to rushing the creative process. Aghamiri’s fine brush moves natural pigments onto the paper with deliberate precision as he creates intricate floral patterns, religious motifs and elegantly flowing calligraphy. The exquisite artwork has for centuries embellished literary manuscripts, religious texts and royal edicts as well as many business contracts and marriage certificates. Aghamiri, 51, is one of Iran’s dozen […]

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