Teheran's carpet museum was commissioned by the wife of the ex-Shah and was opened in 1979. Over 10 million Iranians are involved in the carpet trade - only the oil industry is more important to the Iranian economy. Persian carpets are renowned throughout the world.
The museum was custom built to house the carpet collection and it's shape was designed to resemble a carpet loom. The collection is displayed across two floors with the permanent collection on the ground floor and temporary exhibitions upstairs.
Admission costs 5000 rials (approximate 30 pence or 45 Eurocents).
The museum is open seven days a week. It has a small gift shop and a tea-house.