Back from Isfahan


The second seminar promoted by Assorestauro in Iran in 2016 ended with the satisfaction of the participants. After the seminar about structural issues held in Tabriz last October, the city of Isfahan was selected as home to a seminar about the restoration of decorative elements. “Restoration & Conservation of Decorative Surfaces (Ornaments)” was the title of a three-day event, from December 10th to 12th, organized by the Isfahan University of Art and Assorestauro, with the support of ICE Agenzia and the participation of EK Consultant Engineers.
An intensive programme of technical contributions and detailed reports on the selected topic was contributed by Iranian and Italian experts. In a climate of mutual interest and collaboration, a number of theoretical and practical issues were discussed, including methods, analysis and diagnostic testing, innovative materials and technology, as well as restoration techniques.

After the introductory greetings offered by the promoters of the event and by Mr. Kiani (President of Isfahan University of Art) and Mr. Nasekhian (Dean of Faculty of Conservation & Restoration), some institutional reports alternated with more technical and operational lectures, often including the presentation of some case studies.
The Italian counterpart contributed the participation of some illustrious Italian academic figures, like Ms. Donatella Fiorani, Ms. Michela Palazzo and Mr. Carlo Cacace, who illustrated some cutting edge methods and approaches recently developed and applied in Italy and took turns with some Iranian leading experts in the sector who are actively committed to the protection of the artistic heritage of Iran.

The seminar was met with great interest by all the participants and attendants to the three days of the event held in the University auditorium.
Similarly to last seminar in Tabriz, the Iranian colleagues confirmed great care for the Italian restoration sector, and showed expertise and determination to start a mutual exchange of experiences and specific issues.
An active role was also played by the Italian companies invited to the event, for the majority members of Assorestauro (BRESCIANI, COOPERATIVA ARCHEOLOGIA, CRISTELLOTTI&MAFFEIS, El.En., IBIX, ITALIANA COSTRUZIONI, MAPEI, STUDIO BERLUCCHI, TECNOVA GROUP, TRYECO 2.0), which were joined by some other professionals working in the sector (ABAD ARCHITETTI, PROGETTO PSC, SOLUZIONI PER L’UMIDITA’). They all had the opportunity to present their business and specialist services by illustrating some special case studies.
Another relevant event was a session of b2b encounters held in the beautiful Sotun Palace (a building in the Unesco heritage list) with the precious collaboration of ICE Teheran and of Mr. Corradini. Important direct contacts and information sharing were encouraged between Italian companies and foreign operators working in different fields.

The seminar in Isfahan concluded the actions promoted by Assorestauro for the year 2016, but it represents a starting point for further exchanges with the Iranian colleagues in the near future about issues of special mutual interest, especially thanks to the friendly and amiable relations started this year.

Some fact figures about the three-day seminar on “Restoration & Conservation of Decorative Surfaces (Ornaments)” are offered below:
22 technical and scientific reports contributed by Italian and Iranian lecturers, of which 7 by members of the academic world and 15 by the business community;
13 companies from Italy, of which 10 are members of Assorestauro;
20 Iranian operators invited by ICE, who attended the seminar days and participated to the b2b encounters with the Italian companies;
150 b2b meetings organized and run by ICE Teheran;
averagely about 250 people attending the three-day seminar in the auditorium.