The bazaar of Tabriz, East Azerbaijan, used to be full of porcelain shops and coppersmithies. The coppersmiths’ hammers used to give the place a constant music for centuries. But now it seems such arts are dying as their artists die.
CEO of the House of Artists of Tabriz Handicrafts in interview with Mehr News Agency said "The favor that people show toward handcraft in different counties of the province varies and each county has its specific handicraft.”
Maintaining that local officials do not appreciate arts and handicraft, Khosro Asheghi said "Lack of care by local officials has led some of the arts into extinction.”
Pointing to the activities covered by the House of Artists he said "It is a public organization in which artists attend 25 handicraft fields.”
"Lack of a stable market for handicraft is one of the main concerns for artists in this organization,” Ashegi said.
Counting public ignorance of the art of filigree as a factor for its extinction, he said "This is an old and noble art which belongs to Azerbaijan. It is to regret that due to public ignorance and lack of care by officials the art has faded from the public arena.”
"Officials’ disregard for the art has lead to the situation when the artifact are made in other places such as Isfahan and then exported oversees,” he regretted.