Iranzamin (Land of the Persians) is the first survey exhibition of Persian arts and crafts acquired by the Powerhouse Museum since its founding in 1880. It explores the stories behind rarely seen artefacts from the middle of the 19th century to now, shedding light on the diverse social and cultural history of Persia – today’s Iran – and its people.
The exhibition examines how objects inspired by traditional arts and crafts were used in Persian society, focusing on seven themes: Joy and Happiness; Purification and Cleansing; Spirituality and Devotion; Poetry and Calligraphy; Rituals and Performance; Patronage and Craftsmanship; Nature and Design. Iranzamin encompasses a diversity of materials and techniques, including hand-woven crafts, carpets and rugs; arms and armour; glass, ceramics and tiles; textiles, embroidery and foundry.
Iranzamin examines how the influence of Persia, situated between two major trade routes – the Silk Road and the Indian Ocean – spread out into the world. Special attention is paid to the influence of Persian culture on non-Iranian craftsmen and artists such as Australian painter and textile designer Florence Broadhurst. This includes original Broadhurst wallpaper prints titled Persian Phoenix (Simorgh), Persian Birds, and Persian Pomegranates and Flowers.
Temporarily closed until 31 July 2021
In line with the NSW Government’s public health order, the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Museums Discovery Centre will temporarily close to the public until 10am Saturday 31 July 2021.
Thank you for your understanding at this time as we continue to put in place measures to protect the health of our visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
If you have purchased tickets for current exhibitions or upcoming programs during this period, our team will be in contact with you shortly to arrange a refund or reschedule your visit. If you would like to contact us please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- General entry available for August 2021
Plan Your Experience
Request a copy of the large print guide upon arrival, or print it out before you arrive.
The Powerhouse Museum holds a large and significant collection of Persian objects that have been created over many centuries since the Safavid period (1501-1736)