If the Persians are not credited with the invention of painting, they can be credited for its development and flourishing. Persians are the only people in the world with a prophet whose miracle was the art of illustration. Mani’s Arzhang became the reference work for illustrators and painters well into the middle ages.Excavations at Tepe Sialk and Tepe Hessar point to the practice of pottery thousands of years ago in the Iranian plateau. The fineness of the designs on these ceramics indicates the artistry of the Persians. These Persian skills later manifested in the form of arts such as metalworking, tilework, vitreous enamel and….The geometric ingenuity, craftsmanship and skill of Persian architects is visible in the aesthetic appeal of works ranging from in the Median rock tombs and the Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat to Golestan Palace and Milad Tower. The continuation of this tradition can be seen in the works of architect and engineer Sheikh Baha’i (1547- 1621) who in the Safavid era created marvels such as the Naqsh-e Jahan Square and the Swinging Minarets. Inspired by the unity of existence theory of mystic philosopher Suhrawardi (1155-1191), the tilework under the dome of the Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque attributed to Sheikh Baha’i is considered the pinnacle of Persian artistry and craftsmanship combined with scientific know-how and mystical knowledge.The history of the Persian carpet displays the cultural growth of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever seen. The world’s oldest carpet, the 2,500-year-old Pazyryk Carpet, was discovered in Siberia in 1949 and has Achaemenid designs. The carpet shows the Persian love of nature and beauty was such that they could not bear living in an abode devoid of beauty, color and design. They, therefore, designed rugs inspired by the colors of Persian gardens and with motifs taken from their idea of Paradise.This ancient art has been passed from one generation to the next throughout history, with each generation building upon the skills of their fathers before passing it on to the their offspring. The designs of five Persian carpets have been registered as World Intellectual Property including the Heriz with its bold, geometric patterns, the Khoy with its Mahi or fish design, the Qom with its tree of life pattern, the Tabriz with its diverse designs and the symmetrical Isfahan carpet.Today, Persian carpets are displayed in some of the most prestigious museums of the world and adorn the palaces and homes of monarchs and the affluent.