Frieze tile with lustre decoration depicting Bahram Gur hunting with Azada
Iran, ca. 1270-75
Earthenware with lustre decoration
Museum no. 1841-1876

Other programmes

Norouz Gala

Iranian Cinema, Inspiration and Adaptation: Darius Mehrjui
Screening and Discussion

Garden of Heaven

Epic of the Persian Kings: the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi

The Golha Project
Digital Archive - 2nd Phase

March 2010


19 - 20 March 2010

V&A South Kensington
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL

Victoria and Albert Museum will be celebrating Iranian New Year with two gallery talks given by curators.


Organised by

Victoria and Albert Museum


Led mostly by V&A staff, these free talks lasting 45-60 minutes explore the wider context and history of the objects on display. Sound enhancement equipment is also available from the Information Desk.


Firdawsi's Shahnamah: the millennial anniversary of the Book of Kings
Gallery talk in celebration of Iranian New Year
Friday 19 March
Dr. Moya Carey, Iran Heritage Foundation Curator for the Iranian Collections

The Book of Kings was completed by the poet Firdawsi in 1010 AD, exactly one thousand years ago, and remains the national epic of Iran. Written in Persian, this lengthy poem describes the dramatic adventures, tragedies and romances of the kings and heroes of ancient Iran. The gallery talk will describe how some of the most legendary Shahnamah episodes are illustrated on art objects.

The Ardabil Carpet
Gallery talk in celebration of Iranian New Year
Saturday 20 March 2010
Dr. Tim Stanley, Senior Curator, Middle East

The Ardabil Carpet, the greatest carpet in the V&A's collection, was produced in Iran in the year 946 Hijri (1539-40). It is the star of the Museum's Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art. It is very large, almost 11 by 5.5 metres. It is of great historical importance as it is the oldest dated carpet in the world and we know that it was commissioned by Shah Tahmasp for the shrine of his ancestors at Ardabil. Equally importantly, it is very beautiful; it was bought for the Museum in 1893 on the recommendation of the great British designer William Morris, who declared it was "of singular perfection".


V&A South Kensington
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL

Opening Times

The talks take place at 13.00 and are offered to the public free of charge.
Advance booking not required.



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