Mansoureh Rajabitanha

Mansoureh Rajabitanha

PhD Candidate

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Mansoureh's Ph.D. was conferred in 2020 and focused on the history of Persian carpets during the Ṣafavīd Period. She is currently a sessional academic at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Adelaide.

My current project entitles "Woven Pleasure: A New Perspective on the History of Persian Carpet during the Ṣafavīd Period (1501-1722 CE)."

Ṣafavīd Iran is widely recognized as the golden age of Persian carpet. Experts in the field argue that significant changes in carpet design took place towards the end of the fifteenth century, evident by a move from the geometric cross, star, and rosette designs, to medallions and scrolls. Some scholars consider this change as marking a “revolution” in carpet design; others contest this proposition. Much debate remains, however, on the nature of the change—its provenance as well as its time. This study aims to document the history of changes in Persian carpet design, investigate their socio-cultural and artistic contexts, and establish their significance for the Iranian society. Also, the architectural decorative designs share the same visual history with carpet patterns, and it is one of the study’s aims to present an understanding of the underlying visual culture that produced both forms of art. In its analyses, the study uses primary Persian texts, visual sources, and the carpets themselves. The study introduces a fresh perspective to the study of Persian carpet history and design, with an emphasis on the shared visual sensibility that underlay artistic production in Ṣafavīd Iran. 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 Sessional Academic University of Adelaide
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Arabic Can read and write
    Azerbaijani Can speak and understand spoken
    English Can peer review
    Persian Can peer review
    Turkish Ottoman (1500-1928) Can read, write and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A) by Research
    Tehran University of Art Iran Bachelor of Arts (B.A), Carpet Design
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2013 Rajabitanha, M., & Ahmad, I. (2013). Towards a Cross-Cultural design by Integrating Batik Motifs into the Persian Carpet Design. International Journal of the Malay World and Civilisation, 111-123.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2013 Rajabitanha, M., & Ahmad, I. (2013). The History and a Short Report of Pictorial Rug Production in Iran. In T. Sooi Bing (Ed.), The Convergence of the Performing and Creative Arts: Remaining Methodologies and Traditions (pp. 154-163). Penang: USM Press.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2017 Rajabitanha, M. (2017). New Face of Isfahan: The Comparison between the design of Yakob Carpet and the interior decoration of New Julfa Churches. In SAHANZ 2nd PhD Symposium.
    2012 Rajabitanha, M., & Ahmad, I. (2012). Re-thinking Oriental rug: Integrating Batik Motifs into Persian Carpet. In Proceedings from iCAST 2012. Penang, Malaysia.
    2011 Rajabitanha, M., & Ahmad, I. (2011). The History and a Short Report of Pictorial Rug Production in Iran. In PACIA 2011. Unuversiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2014 Rajabitanha, M. (2014). Re-Thinking Oriental Rug: Design Application of Pekalongan Batik Motifs into the Structure of Persian Carpet. (Master's Thesis).
  • 2015-2019 ASI Adelaide Scholarships Internationals, University of Adelaide
  • 2011-2013 USM Research fellowship, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • 2010 Graduate Assistance, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Designing Research (M.Arch/M.Larch), University of Adelaide, 2020.
  • Fundamental Graphic Computer - Adobe Photoshop (M.A), Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2013.
  • Sculpture (B.A), Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2011.
  • Adobe Photoshop (carpet designing by computer), Iran Carpet Museum, Tehran, Iran, 2007.
  • Persian Traditional Designing (B.A), Faculty of Architecture& Art, Kashan University, Kashan, Iran, Sep 2006- Jan 2007.
  • Persian Illumination and Painting (B.A), Faculty of Architecture& Art, Kashan University, Kashan, Iran, Sep 2006- Jan 2007.
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing The Sultan’s Carpet: An Investigation of an Ottoman Cairene Textile in the Collection of the Nickle Galleries Journal Review Material Culture Review Canada
  • Position: PhD Candidate
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Horace Lamb, floor 3
  • Room: 3 009
  • Org Unit: School of Architecture & Built Environment

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