Khargerd madrese

These two short films (both with sound) explore the Ghiyathiyya Madrese at Khargerd in NE Iran. The madrese (religious school) was constructed in 1438-45 and is a showpiece of Timurid decorative art: with six different sorts of tiles, some elegantly geometrical wallpainting and amazing plaster effects in the muqarnas (stalactite vaulting).

Iran archive

I worked on Iran for over ten years - so I've got an extensive archive of work. I'd especially like to share my favourite building; my work on the Bakhtiari; on Shah Abbas and his 1200 km walk: with craftsmen; and on Sefer Muratowicz and the unique carpets he bought. My Iran-related publications, teaching, conferences ...

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Iran-related publications, teaching, conferences, and lectures

My Iran-related publications, teaching, conferences and lectures include: Tutor for ISEA Programme at Leighton House: Collecting and Display of Islamic Art. Lecturing on the 1910 Munich exhibition; the 1931 Burlington House exhibition; and Poland as a portal for ‘oriental’ trading in the seventeenth century. Oct-Dec 2014. Air pollution in Iran, British Medical Journal 2014; 348: …

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How to create, and destroy, mosaic tiling

The madrese (religious school) at Khargird, in Khorasan (built 1438-45), is a showpiece of Timurid decorative art. Click here to see a short walk-through film I made (just learning!) about the six different sorts of tiles, some elegantly geometrical wallpaintings and some amazing plaster effects in the muqarnas (stalactite vaultings). Professor Grube and I discussed …

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