|Building of Museum was the
residence and office of "Ahmad Qavam" until 1951. Afterwards,
the Egyptian Embassy in Tehran took over the building and
finally handed it over to the Iranian Commercial Bank.
From 1976,a group of Iranian and Austrian architects refurbished
the building and converted it into a museum which was opened on
1989.The decorations of the building include brickworks of the
exterior facade and interior plaster cutouts, mirror works and
As one of the Iranian famous museums, Abguineh museum comprises
several halls and workshops and a library. Art works and
handicrafts exhibited in this museum include three collections
of porcelains, glassworks and crystals.
The magnificent collection of porcelains exhibits a thorough
history of ceramics and porcelains made in Iran from the dawn of
history until today. It also provides a bulk of information
about the evolution of porcelain and its production technique.
Major centers of porcelain making in Iran including Kashan, Ray,
Qazvin, Gorgan and Neishabour are also introduced.
Visiting this museum, you learn about simple and colorful glazed
porcelains and the art of decorating them with calligraphic
designs, paintings of plants and animals and geometrical designs
over and under the layer of the glaze.
Some of these porcelains enjoy paintings on the basis of
proverbs and old mythical and folk tales.
Glass works that are exhibited in this museum start from the
ones made in the first and second millennia BC and extend up to
modern ones. In this section the glass works production
technique including the sand molds, cutting and pressing
equipment are introduced. The painting method on the glass is
On the ground floor hall of the museum, crystal and flint glass
samples of 18th and 19th centuries are exhibited. All these
samples are mostly cut and made in Europe.
Library On the northwestern courtyard of the museum, the newly
constructed building of the library is visible. This specialized
library contains almost 4,000 books on archeology and the
history of art. A hall is also allocated to exhibit the
glassworks and porcelains made by contemporary artists and
craftsmen. Workshops to teach production of glassworks, crystal
cuttings, porcelains and their painting are also provided.