Iranian art, in addition to physical beauties it enjoys in its handicrafts and architecture, has tempting and dulcet tones the harmony and contrast of the musical instruments whereof enliven one’s spirit. The Iranian music instruments and tones, due to the strong bond they have with different regions, customs, and culture of the local residents of Iran, have been registered among the UNESCO Spiritual Heritage. The registration of the traditional music of Iran, as a world heritage, has a lot to do with its rich background.
The history of Iranian music dates back to 2000 years ago and as historical instruments Lute and Rabab could be mentioned. Later, the western harp was made based on the inspirations obtained from the historical Iranian instrument, i.e. Rabab. From among the pioneer musicians in the history of Iran, Barbad, Bamshad, and Nakisa can be mentioned who lived during the Sassanid era. In the excavations made in Iran, a musical instrument was discovered belonging to over 3000 years ago which included all the notes of the current music.
Iranian musical instruments are categorized among the string (e.g. Fiddle, Tar, Lute, and Dulcimer) percussion (e.g. Tombak/Goblet Drum and Daf), and wind (Persian Flute) ones.