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Invitation to Qajar Family Gathering

Thursday, 21 & Friday, 22 June in Lens


Doroud Amoghli va Amghezi-hayeh-e Aziz,

It is with great pleasure that we write to invite you to our great family gathering— 


You and your guests are invited on Friday 22 June, we will meet from 12H-14H at L’atelier Marc Meurin https://www.atelierdemarcmeurin.fr/), which is located on the grounds of the Louvre, Lens.  

We would also like to invite you to join us on Thursday 21st and Friday, 22nd of June at the Louvre Museum’s ‘Empire des roses’ exhibition in Lens (near Lille).   As you will see from the below program, this exhibition has been funded by Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute and curated by the French designer, Christian Lacroix. 

[Tickets for the Louvre Exhibition cost Euro 10 and be purchased on the day]


We very much hope you can join us on the summer solstice and after to learn about and celebrate the great artistic achievements of the Qajar era!

Please spread the word to family and friends (who are welcome!), and let us know if you will be joining us.

Ba tashakor va omid-e didar,


QFA Executive Committee 

Amir Ali Farman-Farma, Chairman

Farhad Azodi-Qajar

Nazafarin Heinen-Rokni

Eylah Hamouda-Kadjar


Advisory Committee

Ferial Lucas-Nikpour Qajar

Manouchehr Eskandari Qajar

Fereydoun  Barjesteh   

Soussi Rastegar



Exhibition:  L’Empire des roses


At the Musee Louvre  in Lens,  99 rue Paul Bert 62300, Northern France

Tickets: purchase for Eur10 on the day or in advance at http://louvrelens.tickeasy.com/Offres.aspx


Qajar Family Association program:

Thursday, June 21, (Summer Solstice!) at 10 am:

  • Seminar; Reveal the original, think Qajar Art in the 21st century, In French.

Venue: Musee Louvre  in Lens,  99 rue Paul Bert 62300, Northern France

            Enter from Rue Paul Bert in Lens, in front of Chez Cathy Restaurant

Cost: Free (no museum entrance fee is required).


Please email committee@qajarfamilyassociation.org if you will be attending.



Friday, June 22 at 10 am:

  • Seminar; Reveal the original, think Qajar Art in the 21st century, In French.

Details same as above.




Please confirm your method of payment and where possible, list the names in your party

Payment:      (in Euro or USD or GBP equivalent)


The cost of attending the family gathering--include admission to the three day-long seminars— will cost EUR 100 per person.  (or 88 GBP, or 118 USD).


[Admission to the Louvre Art exhibition on Qajar art will cost an additional 10 Eur per person, payable directly to the Louvre on the day.]


Children of all ages are welcome.


Please let us know by email if you can join us and make your contribution directly to our bank account at your earliest convenience:     


You can pay by BACs:



Sort code: 40 05 14

Account Number: 21535951

IBAN: GB83HBUK40051421535951


Reference: Your Name


You can Pay online:


By clicking on the DONATE link at the bottom of any page of our website 



You can Pay by sending your check to:


Amir Farman-Farma

23 Ennismore Gardens

London SW7 1AB






Media Coverage of the 'L'Empire des Roses’ exhibtion on Qajar art  at Louvre Musem in Lens:


BBC World Service report  (in Persian):





Iran International TV report (in Persian):





Sotheby’s online Article on the show:




The Rose Empire: Masterpieces of 19th-century Persian Art Exhibition at the Louvre-Lens Museum


Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute is proud to announce the first major exhibition dedicated to the magnificent art of the Qajar dynasty, The Rose Empire: Masterpieces of 19th-century Persian Art, that will run at the Louvre Museum’s branch in Lens, northern France, from March 28 to July 22, 2018.

The Rose Empire: Masterpieces of 19th-Century Persian Art is a comprehensive and unprecedented overview of Qajar art, bringing together more than 400 works - paintings, drawings, jewelry, enamels, rugs, clothing, photographs and ceremonial weapons - all showcased by French fashion designer Christian Lacroix’s immersive and vibrant design.


The exhibition’s title is a reference both to Persian literature and to the seat of the Qajar dynasty, which ruled Iran from 1786 to 1925. It is named after the Golestan, the collection of poems by the 13th-century poet Saadi that was first translated into French in the 18th century by the orientalist Andre du Ryer under the title “The Rose Empire.” When the first Qajar sovereigns settled in Tehran, they gave their palace the same name, and to this day the kar-e Golestan (Golestan Palace) is still considered a masterpiece of Qajar art and architecture.


The exhibition is conceived as a stroll through the room of an opulent Qajar palace. Visitors enter the gallery through a monumental doorway inspired by a triple arcade that appears in a 19th-century Jules Laurens painting. The rooms are grouped into four architectural units, corresponding to the four main sections of the exhibition, and each unit is identified by different shades of a certain color that is characteristic of Qajar art: blue, red, green and yellow. The walls are hung with silk, and walkways are covered with rugs, recalling the sumptuousness of Iranian textiles.


Alongside the exhibition, curated by Gwenaëlle Fellinger, the museum is organizing a series of events and conferences, including an international colloquium reviewing current research on the art of the Qajar dynasty that will take place on June 21-23. All events will be hosted at La Scène, the main auditorium of the Louvre-Lens museum, situated in Lens, 200 kilometers north of Paris. The exhibition and accompanying colloquium are supported by the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Fund, established by Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, as part of the Louvre Endowment Fund.



Programme détaillé à venir

Jeudi 21, vendredi 22 et samedi 23 juin 2018

La Scène

Gratuit, dans la limite des places disponibles

Renseignements et réservations au 03 21 18 62 62

En marge de l’exposition « L’Empire des roses, chefs-d’œuvre de l’art persan du XIXe siècle », se tiendra au musée du Louvre-Lens un colloque international du 21 au 23 juin 2018. Ce dernier réunira des chercheurs spécialistes du domaine et sera l’occasion de faire le point sur diverses questions récentes, d’aborder de nouvelles problématiques et de montrer la variété des sujets inclus dans l’histoire des arts qajars.

Celle-ci a longtemps été négligée, parmi les historiens de l’art islamique, et le XIXe siècle a souvent été considéré comme un siècle d’abâtardissement ou de décadence sous influence européenne. Ce n’est qu’avec la grande exposition tenue en 1998 à Brooklyn, puis à Los Angeles et à Londres, que l’histoire de la peinture gagna ses lettres de noblesse. Par la suite, certains sujets, comme la photographie, furent privilégiés, alors que d’autres restaient encore méconnus.

Ce symposium sera l’occasion de faire un bilan historiographique des vingt dernières années et d’ouvrir de nouvelles perspectives, en conviant les plus grands spécialistes mondiaux, au travers d’une douzaine de conférences abordant aussi bien la peinture, les textiles, les arts du feu, les armes, etc… Chaque présentation tournera autour d’une œuvre, ou d’un ensemble d’œuvres, jusqu’alors inédites. Le choix de ces dernières est laissé à l’appréciation des intervenants, dans le but de faire émerger de nouvelles idées et de susciter des recherches innovantes. Les conférences sont aussi l’occasion d’approfondir l’étude de certaines œuvres, de développer des thématiques qui ne peuvent trouver leur place dans le catalogue de l’exposition, ou d’aborder des sujets qui complètent celle-ci, comme les liens entre la période qajare et l’art contemporain iranien.

En partenariat avec le musée du Louvre, avec le soutien du Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute.



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