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Sogdian manipulation of Textiles

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The Sasanids, the pearl roundel design and its influence on the WestThe lands of Persia were ruled by the Sasanid Dynasty from 224 to 651 AD. It was a dynasty that not only promoted art, music and creativity; but it was also renowned for its military skill and strategies, excellent foreign relations strategies and ceremonies at the royal court. The dynasty enjoyed favourable relations with China and India because all of them benefited and relied on the Silk Road for their economic growth and naturally these cultures influenced each other’s arts. The Sasanid dynasty was well known for its silk...

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Iran and China blood ties

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PERSIAN TIES WITH CHINAIranian people like Persians and Sogdians have lived in China throughout various periods in Chinese history. The Parthian Iranians, An Shigao and An Xuan, introduced Buddhism to China.A village dating back 600 years in Yangzhou in Jiangsu province, China, has inhabitants descended from Iranians. It has 27,000 people and contains Iranian places names like Fars and Parsian. Sassanian royals like Peroz III and his son Narsieh fled the Arab Islamic invasion of Sassanid Persia for safety in Tang dynasty China where they were granted asylum.The Chinese pirate Feng Ruofang stored Persian slaves on Hainan whom he captured...

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Provenance

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THE SCHWARZENBERG CARPETThere is a magnificent Safavid 16th century carpet Size 517x217 in THE MIA Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar of which the origin is not clear. What is known is that this magnificent piece belonged to the Schwarzenberg family for centuries and was housed in their residence in Palais Schwarzenberg, Vienna. If not much information is available on a carpet, it is always a good idea to look at the provenance to get an idea on where it has been.The Schwarzenberg family’s history starts with the Lords of Seinsheim, who had established themselves in Franconia during the Middle...

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The Gift

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THE GIFT:Caught in a terrible storm on its way home from Batavia (Jakarta), the Dutch flagship Walcheren, filled with what was reputed to be one of the richest cargoes ever brought from the East, sought refuge at Bergen, Norway. Its 1655 and England and Holland is at war. Frederick III in a secret plot twist allowed the English passage to pillage the ship and her rich cargo, but luckily for the Dutch the Bergen governor was unaware of this arrangement and was adamant to maintain Denmark's neutral stance. He interceded as international law demanded and protected the Dutch ship.The outraged...

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Carpets of Tehran

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THE TEHRAN CARPETMajority of the scholars and carpet dealers, especially those from Tehran, remember the time that Reza Shah of the Pahlavi Dynasty appointed the military governor from Ravar, Kerman, Mr Abbas Khan Nakhaee Ravari, to build and run the first modern prison of the capitol, Tehran. As head of the prison he came with an idea to teach the prisoners a craft that will not only make their time in prison more productive, but will also produce extra income. Besides that, the prisoners would also be able to take this craft with them for the rest of their lives....

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