I recently visited Isfahan, the mecca of Persian miniature painting. While in years past I've marveled at the detail which goes into each piece, on this visit I found myself staring at large sloppy brush strokes which hardly deserved the title 'miniature'. I did however find a few gems, one of which I purchased. A small jewelery box measuring no more than 4" in length.
While I'm saddened to see an art form which dates back to pre 13th century Iran slowly disappearing, I'm happy to see a few crafts men and artists like Farah Oussoli carrying on this beautiful tradition.