Persian Art & Culture

For millennia the Persian culture has possessed one of the richest art heritages in world history. The North Carolina Persian Festival presentations touch upon several disciplines, including some fun for you game players out there.

Persian Art

Persian Woman Weaving

Persian carpets

Carpet-weaving is undoubtedly
one of the most distinguished manifestations of Persian
culture and art, dating back to
ancient Persia.

The NC Persian festival offers a rare opportunity to examine and admire all types of carpets from the different regions of Iran.

Persian Carpet Sample
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Persian Calligraphy

Persian Calligraphy

Discover the exquisite calligraphy of the Persian writing system, an art revered throughout Persian history and considered one of the most distinctive reflections of Persian culture. Our skilled Calligraphers will make your name a graceful work of art!

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Persian Painting

Persian art under Islam had never completely forbidden the human figure, and in the miniature tradition the depiction of figures, often in large numbers, is central.

This was partly because the miniature is a private form, kept in a book or album and only shown to those the owner chooses. It was therefore possible to be more free than in wall paintings or other works seen by a wider audience.

We will have several Miniature paintings of modern Iran on display.

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Persian Books

Persian Books

Literature is the most important part of the Iranian art tradition. A table will be devoted to Persian authors, with written works both in English and Persian for your exploration. Local authors will be on hand to discuss and
sign their books.

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Persian Culture

Persian Culture montage

Film and Video Exhibit

View the extensive cultural exhibition including film clips and animations exploring the history, geography, and cities of Iran from the time of the Persian Empire and Cyrus the Great to the present.

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Let the Games Begin

Backgammon Board

The history of backgammon goes back approximately 5,000 years. Excavations at Shahr-e Sokhteh (literally "The Burnt City") in Iran have shown that a similar game existed there around 3000 BC.

The artifacts include two dice and 60 checkers, and the set is believed to be 100 to 200 years older than the sets found in Ur, and on the board found at Shahr-e Sokhteh the fields are fashioned like the coils of a snake. In our Culture booth you too can play this game.


The history of chess spans some 1500 years. The earliest predecessors of the game originated in India, before the 6th century AD. From India, the game spread to Persia. There will be several Chess boards available for play in the Persian Culture booth.

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Persian Tea House

Tea House or "Chaee-Khaneh"

Literally, the 'house of tea'. These tea houses--usually serving several beverages--are present all over Iran. Our festival will show this old eastern tradition eloquently by offering a warm atmosphere to enjoy while watching Persian arts and crafts.

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