The museum is composed of two exhibition galleries for regional displays over two floors, covering an area of 3400 m2: the ground floor gallery is designed for permanent exhibitions, while the upper floor gallery is used primarily for the temporary exhibitions of carpets, such as kilims and regional displays. Between these two floors, the Tehran’s carpet museum houses more than 150 pieces dating from the 17th century to the present day. These regional patterns and styles found in Iran are stunning, plus there are a few unique carpets such as the Tree of Life with Kings and Notables.
While the weaving styles between village and city carpets have more of a modern commercial nature, most of the country’s nomadic and tribal rugs were unaffected by the trends. So the carpet types greatly reflect the weavers lifestyle.
The Carpet Museum of Iran was designed by Queen Farah Diba to mix ‘70s style with carpet-inspired function, and as a result the exterior resembles threads on a loom. This also functions to cool down the main building by casting shadows on its walls.