Oriental historian Basil Gray believes “Iran has offered a particularly unique art to the world which is excellent in its kind”.
Painting in Iran is thought to have reached a peak during the Tamerlane era
when outstanding masters such as Kamaleddin Behzad gave birth to a new style of painting.
Qajarid paintings, for instance, are a combination of European influences and Safavid miniature schools of painting such as those introduced by Reza Abbasi.
Masters such as Kamal-ol-Molk further pushed forward the European influence in Iran. It was during the Qajar era when “Teahouse painting” emerged.