Tabriz is known more for its carpets, pottery, jewels and precious stones than silverwork.
Gorgin Shahnazarian, an Iranian Christian, is a Tabrizi artist who has spent a lifetime creating silverworks.
“I learnt silverworks at the age of 16 and I have been at it for 55 years now,” he said.
He characterizes silverwork as a form of art and said silverworks were popular in Turkey, from where it proliferated in Tabriz in 1915.
Incidentally, most old craftsmen of Tabriz producing silverwork are Christians.