by Hesam Keshavarz
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was the last king (Shah) of Iran. He and his wife, Farah Diba, were patrons of arts and their palaces were all equipped with Persian carpets.
One of their palaces, the Saadabad complex, is located in the northern part of Tehran. This palace is equipped with many carpets woven in different regions of Iran representing the rich heritage of the Persian carpets.
One of the greatest buildings in the Saadabad complex is the white Marmar Palace (Palace of Marble) with it’s traditional architectural style. First time visitors at the Marmar Palace will be surprised by the large number of Persian carpets in very great sizes, and among them an extremely large Kerman carpet with a surface of 121 square-meters.
Hesam Keshavarz, Shahed University of Tehran Faculty of Arts