The overall composition, the central medallion, and the cloud bands are characteristic of Tabrīz, which was a major artistic center under the Safavids. The carpet’s almost perfect state of preservation, which at one time cast doubt on its being from the 16th century, has been attributed to its remaining in its original Turkish packing.
In 1969 a special council on the problems of Central Asian and Kazakh archeology was formed. Archeological remains of almost all the major epochs have now been uncovered, and the materials have been obtained that describe comprehensively the ancient civilizations of Central Asia of the pre-Islamic period.
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Fascicle 2 of Volume XVI
The most recent fascicle in the print edition of Encyclopædia Iranica appeared during the second quarter of 2013. This fascicle continues the development of letter “K” topics. It begins with the ancient KASSITES and ends with the beginning of titles with initial Ke-. Especially notable in this fascicle is the comprehensive survey of the Kayanid dynasty in the traditional history of Iran, as recorded in our sources both pre-Islamic and Islamic. This entry by Prof. P. O. Skjærvø, under the title KAYĀNIĀN, is now available at this website, along with all other entries in the fascicle.
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2016 Busa Prize
The staff of Encyclopædia Iranica are happy to join in congratulating the recipient of this year's Busa Prize —Helen Agüera, who in 2014 retired from her longtime position as senior program officer in the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The award, given by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), honors lifetime achievement in the application of technology to humanities research (see the ADHO announcement). NEH assistance to Encyclopædia Iranica began in 1982, and we remain ever grateful to Helen Agüera for her critiques and advice to this project through the years. We applaud this recognition of her aid to all the worthy projects that she has helped bring to fruition.
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