Deputy Minister of Handicrafts of Fars Province announced the first place of the India Art Festival 2021 by the veteran artist and inlay maker Shirazi.
Heidar Ali Zahedian, Deputy Director of Handicrafts of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts of Fars Province, announced that the top rank of the 4th India Art Festival 2021 has been achieved by the Shirazi artist Khatamsaz. In this regard, he acknowledged:
In the 4th Indian Art Festival 2021, Mr. “Gholam Ali Atminan”, a veteran finalist of Shiraz, won the position of the representative of Iran among 66 countries of the world. It is the first.
Zahedian mentioned the registration of Khatam Shiraz geographical indication in the International Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and considered this art as one of the original professions of the people of this city. He noted that the names of Khatam and Shiraz have long been linked:
The oldest example of Khatam art in Shiraz belongs to the pulpit of the Atiq Grand Mosque, which dates back to It goes back a thousand years. Although the art of inlay making has spread to some other provinces of the country, it has its roots in Shiraz and still the style and context of inlay of Shiraz is still in the first place in terms of beauty, visual effects and valuation by far.