In his inaugural address Masha Allah Shakiri, said “The everlasting Islamic Art is present till today in front of you which acts as a bridge and links” between the people.
Calligraphic artwork by Ahmad Timouri, was quite striking as the artist has added colorful designs on the border after transforming plain writings into beautiful scripts. “I have inscribed the verses of famous poets such as Bu Ali Seena in Irani Khatti Nastaliq” expressed Timouri.
Abbas Katamjani, the innovator of ‘Burned Work’ – a technique of exclusive calligraphy on wood, was also present at the fair. “I have introduced this artwork for the first time and usually carve on maple by 15 innovated chisel in various shapes made of nickel, iron, lead, copper & brass with a 40-watt soldering iron (tool)” said Abbas.
On other side of the hall, Mohammad Reza Fakhfori, an artisan engrossed the visitors with his expertise on handwork and block printing on cloth, called ‘Kalam-kaari’. Iranian rugs and sheets with block print covering the walls added a touch of Iran.
Famous Iranian movies like “Rang-e-Khuda (Colour of paradise)” directed by Majid Majidi and “Az Kharkheh Ta Rine (From Kharkheh to Rhine)”, directed by Ibrahim Haatmi were also part of the cultural week. The films highlighted the strong ties of Iranians with their homeland.