In Isfahan, there is a district named Tabriziha (Tabriz is a
city in the north-west of Iran). The reason for this is that, during
Safavid-era, Shah Abbas moved his capital from Tabriz to Isfahan then his
acquaintances immigrated to Isfahan.
Shah Abbas helped to build a district in Isfahan so the emigrants could reside there. Saeb Tabrizi is one of the immigrants who moved to Isfahan with Shah Abbas. He is known as one of the greatest sonneteer of his century and the most famous poet of Safavid-era.
The Heart of Saeb Is the Shrine of Mystics
On Saeb street, alongside a Canal named Niasarm is the tomb of Saeb. After walking through a beautiful garden, a monumental building comes into view. A cubic marble stone is laid under this monument. On its surface a beautifully carved poem can be seen. The poem translates into: the heart of Saeb is the shrine of mystics
Aesthetics of Saeb Monument Brings Out the Peace
The decorative style of Saeb Monument is a combination of marble plinth, inlaid mosaic and mirrorwork. Behind his tomb there is a selection of his poems inscribed on five different panels of tilework with arabesque designs.
The Life of Mirza Mohammad Ali Saeb
During his life, Mirza Mohammad Ali Saeb Tabrizi composed over 200,000 lines of poetry. Today, less than half of his poems have survived. The style of his poetry is called Indian. This style is composed in the rhyme scheme of Masnavi (a poetic style). His book of Masnavi is called “Ghandharnameh” which consists of poems about the battle of Shah Abbas in Ghandhar conquest. High level of understanding of the meanings of the universe is required to compose a poem with several concepts. He holds the title of ‘’Malek-ol-Shoara’’ (the outstanding poet) for his spiritual and elegant thoughts.
Saeb Tabrizi Monument, Saeb Street, Isfahan, Iran
Rakib Khane Mansion Through Time
This building was constructed over the ruins of a Safavid palace named: “Jobbeh Khaneh”. During Shah Abbas the first reign, king of Safavid dynasty, this iconic mansion was constructed. Through Qajar era this mansion was in residency of the rulers of Isfahan and its basement was used as a prison. It was also home to Zelol Sultan who was famous for the destructions that happened under his orders. This is one of the rare buildings that wasn’t destroyed by Zelol Sultan. During Pahlavi dynasty it first belonged to the governor and later it turned into civil registration organization.
What Does Rakib Khane Mean?
Currently, this mansion is known as the museum of decorative art which is also named Historical mansion of Rakib Khane. Rakib Khane is a word that is used for the places which hold the horse riding equipment. This mansion is located in the cultural context of the Isfahan city near the palaces of Ali-Qapo and Chehel Sotun.
Special Features of Rakib Khane
The remaining columns of this palace are moved to Chehel Sotun Palace. The mansion’s courtyard is surrounded by beautiful gardens giving it a fascinating mood with calming atmosphere. On one of the sides of this mansion there is a tower that gives it a sophisticated design. The special architecture designs such as stucco work and mirror works are the highlights of this historic house. 3000 historical pieces are held in this museum which belong to different dynasties along history.
7 main sections of the museum
- Calligraphy and handwritten books
- Lacquered and oil Art works
- Braid making and traditional embroidery works
- Metal works
- Glassware, pottery and Chinese
- Wood works including wood joints and wood carvings
Saturday- Wednesday: 8:30 – 13:30
Thursday: 8:30 – 12:30
Museum of Decorative Arts, Ostandari Street, Isfahan, Iran
(+98) 31 3221 8606