The manufacture of colourfully painted tiles has a long tradition in Persia, modern-day Iran. This publication focuses on so-called haft rang
(seven colours) tiles from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. During this time, the art of making tiles experienced a revival, starting in the city of Shiraz and initiated primarily by unknown artists who wanted to preserve and carry on their country's traditions. Their vibrantly coloured tiles, with underglaze, decorated private homes, as well as public and religious buildings. The tiles are characterised by a wealth of pictorial elements, with floral motifs as well as motifs from traditional Persian folktales. Social change and a disregard for Iranian architecture and traditions at the beginning of the twentieth century led to the destruction of many old town quarters and to the disappearance of this impressive art. Hadi Seif visited the direct descendants of the tile makers and presents his findings in this book. Contents: Foreword: In Remembrance of Those who Contributed by Sharing their Memories and Insight with the Author; Preface; The Beginning of the Tile Making Movement During the Rule of Karim Khan Zand (AD1750-1779); The Continuation of the Production of Painted Haft Rang Tiles during the Qajar Dynasty; The New Life of Decorative Artwork and the Rebirth of Painted Tiles during the Era of Awakening Asr Bidari; The Appearance of Mirza Abdol Razzogh, Famous Tile Maker from Shiraz, and the Continuation of this Popular Movement under his Leadership; A Historical Shipwreck; The Popular Haft Rang Tiles Go Out of Fashion during the First Half of the 20th Century AD.