To mark 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and Iran, an exhibition brought Iranian handicrafts, calligraphy, pottery, metal works and photographs to Delhi. The three-day exhibition organised by Iran Cultural House was held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. It showcased specimens of key Iranian Islamic art oeuvre. The extensive show aimed to introduce traditional crafts of the country, and find common denominators with India. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn view were works of Minakari or enamelling, which is the decoration of metal or tile with brilliantly-coloured glaze. The technique was invented by ancient Iranian craftspeople, and it then spread to other countries, including India.Many of the works had a intricately-designed blue glaze.’Sofalgari’ or unglazed baked earthenware – also called ‘biscuit pottery’ – was also on display at the exhibition. Examples of coppersmithery, called ‘megsari’, found space in the exhibition as well. ‘Samavars’, or metal utensils to boil tea in most PersianAhomes, could also be seen. Islamic art enthusiasts could also see ‘khatam kari’ work, which is a technique of incrustation, and ‘moaragh’ or wood inlaying. The exhibition closed on July 5, 2019.