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Iranian mosaic-intarsia artwork of 'Bain al-Haramain'

Iranian mosaic-intarsia artwork of 'Bain al-Haramain'

A traditional Iranian mosaic-intarsia artwork of Bain al-Haramain has been unveiled during a ceremony held on the sidelines of the 2nd international exhibition of handicrafts in Tehran. Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi along with several other officials attended the ceremony held on June 9 at the Tehran Permanent International Fairgrounds. The work, developed based on religious theme, features Karbala’s Bain al-Haramain region in Iraq, prayers for Ashura as well as the names of Ashura’s martyrs. Made by the Arya-Negar Artistic group led by Majid Meybodi in Neyshabur, the work includes 110 types of wood from trees in Iran and abroad. The 3m * 5m work took two years to be made and is predicted to remain for about 500 years. A number of Iranian artists mastered in various forms of art such as pottery, needlework, teahouse painting and mosaic were honored during the event. Iran has held the 2nd International Handicrafts Exhibition in a bid to mark the International Day of Handicrafts. The event which kicked off on June 6 will run until June 12, 2012. Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) Rouhollah Ahmadzadeh-Kermani had earlier announced that the exhibition would be held in an attempt to support the country's economical growth through promoting handicrafts export. Many artists from Syria, Turkey, China, Armenia and Thailand are among the 850 participants who attended this year’s event. FGP/PKH
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