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Name of a province in Iran and its capital city. The city has been known since pre-Islamic Sassanid times for its exquisite carpets, hand-printed textiles, and metalwork. Isfahan has served as an Arab provincial capital (mid-seventh century) and capital of the Seljuk Turkish empire (1051), was captured by the Mongols (1388), and was capital of the Safavid dynasty (seventeenth century).

Subjects: Art.

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