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I selected Carpets and Textiles in the Iranian World 1400-1700. It has an unassuming cover and binding, but after taking an introduction to Islamic art class last semester I was eager to see what gems lay inside. On page 146, there is an image of a painting from a Shahnama. The Shahnama is an Iranian epic about the kings of Iran throughout the ages. The third sentence reads, "While such cautions should be observed when studying the treatment of textiles in the great commissioned manuscripts, a change of direction occurred in the mid-16th century in painting, which made it possible to depict dress in greater detail." The rest of the page discusses the development in Iranian painting that lead to the change in convention. Shah Tahmasp disbanded has book atelier (the imperial book making workshop) because his theological attitude became more strict in regards to image making. Many of the artists he once employed found new jobs in Shiraz where they were free to exploring new forms of figural imagery. Some of these new compositions focused on one or two large figures, which allowed the artists to use more details such as textile embellishment. 

History of Art 2016