The Nomads Tent Tells Iran’s 2,500 Year Story

Iconic Iran

Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00, Sun 12:00 - 16:00

From: 3 Mar 2023

To: 26 Mar 2023

The Nomads Tent
21-23 St Leonard’s Lane
Edinburgh & the Lothians

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Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, The Nomads Tent in Edinburgh is a veritable warehouse of kilims, rugs, furniture, wall hangings, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and other tribal and village crafts sourced direct from Asia, North Africa and the middle East.

A new programme of events focuses on Iran – founded 2,500 years ago, under Cyrus the Great and enjoying a vast empire reaching from the Balkans to Egypt in the west to Central Asia and the Indus Valley in the east, covering over 2 million square miles, and maintained through deft political management, cultural awareness and the promotion of trade.

The programme centres on a Symposium inviting viewpoints and histories from some notable authorities on the nation and promoting an understanding and appreciation of its past and the present, including Professor Robert Hillenbrand on Stories from the great Mongol Shahnama – one of the greatest illuminated mediaeval manuscripts – and the wondrous revelations about the Persian influences in C S Lewis’s Narnia books, particularly Pauline Baynes’ illustrations. Other elements include an exhibition of lion rugs (as pictured), concerts with santur musician Peyman Heydarian (pictured below) and ensemble Zhina (10th and 11th March respectively), a museum tour, and film night.

Peyman Heydarian
Peyman Heydarian

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