There is an outstanding Qajar mansion in 30-Tir St., in Tehran. This beautiful building, located in a garden, is now the museum of glass and pottery. Ahmad Qavam (Qavam os-Saltaneh) used to live and work there.
He was a well-known politician who was chosen as prime minister in both Qajar dynasty (3times) and Pahlavi Dynasty (2 times). He was also chosen as Minister of Internal Affairs 14 times, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 4 times, Minister of Finance 4times, War minister 2 times, and Minister of Justice 1 time. He constructed this mansion in the best part of the old Tehran which is now a famous tourist attraction.
This building has 2 floors and 5 halls. There are more than 50 types of woodcarvings in this building and its stuccos are in both Western and Eastern styles.
In one of these halls, Bolur Hall, one can find marvelous glass works and potteries. Sadaf (seashell) Hall looks like a half open seashell and includes potteries form 3rd and 4th Century. There are golden pots from Seljuk dynasty decorated with beautiful typographies and images of Moguls in Zarrin Hall. Morover, Lajvard Hall has a unique turquoise color everywhere.
It is interesting to know that this museum has a library of 4000 Persian and English books in art, history and archaeology.
Abgineh museum building itself could be very interesting for the fans. The building belongs to Qavamolsaltaneh, Ahmad Shah’s Minister. The building is built with two floors and five Halls. A hall and two rooms on the first floor and another on the upper floor. Hall number two (crystal) contain the oldest glass tubes and pottery.
The museum building is octagonal, and the garden area is 7000 square meters. Innovative designs and exquisite doors and windows that have been very well maintained, reminiscent of the architecture of the Seljuk era and can inspire contemporary architects to design classic style.
The museum is one of the most visited museums in Tehran and most of the visitors are foreign tourists. Glass Museum's annual average of more than 2 million visitors. There’s been a rubbery once in 2001 and historical objects and monuments were stolen from the museum.
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