[MASTER OF THE CARPET PAINTING AND MINIATURE] Naqshhâ-ye kâlî. [i.e. The carpet paintings]

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HOSSEIN TAHERZÂDEH BEHZAD, (Iranian painter, miniature artist, and carpet expert), (1887-1962)., N. p., probably Constantinople [Istanbul], [ca. 1927 -pre-1928-].

Original illustrated wrappers with calligraphic title and name of the author in the decorative space at the center and covered with carpet patterns peculiar to traditional Iranian art. Folio. (36 x 26 cm). In Persian. [8] p. muqaddimah [i.e. introduction]; [28] numerous full-page carpet patterns of early mosaic, royal and other examples from Isfahan, Kirman, Bendi, etc.; 60 numerous full-page details of motives; 18 numerous full-page paintings, 20 numerous full-page b/w photographs of architectural buildings, decorative elements, and masterpiece carpets. Slightly chipped on extremities and sporadic stains with small creasing on paper and cover. Overall a near fine copy.

Extremely rare first and only edition of this rare Persian book on traditional carpet paintings and art of Iranian school by master Taherzadeh Behzad (1887-1962).

According to some academics, this book was published in Istanbul, while according to others, in Tehran. No place or date of printing. In the OCLC record (716147669), the place of printing is incorrectly indicated as Baghdad.

Hossein Taherzadeh Behzad (1887-1962) was a well-known Iranian artist born in Tabriz in Iranian Azerbaijan. He was the founder of the traditional Persian art school of the miniature by the order of Reza Shah in the first half of the twentieth century. Behzad trained in painting at the age of 17 in Tbilisi, Georgia, then he came to study in Istanbul where he worked as the professor of miniature and illumination at Medresetü'l-Hattâtîn [i.e. the School of calligrapher] in Istanbul between 1921-1926. He was commissioned to restore countless royal manuscripts in the library of Topkapi Royal Palace. He returned to Iran in 1929 where he was immediately appointed as the head of the school of traditional arts with the support of Reza Shah Pahlavi. Thanks to his teachers, he was able to teach many miniaturists, some of them were very famous. He chaired the group of artists who worked on the construction of the Marble Palace in Tehran and took part in many international exhibitions.

Not a physical copy in OCLC: 716147669.