Everyone who is interested in the history of ancient art should definitely visit Iran. This is where you will find some valuable sources. For example was the first animation in the world found there (in shahr-i sokhta, which can be traced back to 5 millenniums ago. It is a good evidence which shows the antiquity of art in Iran.
As art is one of the most common characteristics of Iranians, making handicrafts is┬á nowadays a typical occupation in Iran. Iranian handcraft can be seen as an evidence to the iranian art and taste. In some cities like Shiraz and Isfahan you will be able to find the authentic persian art of carpet weaving, kilim weaving, khatam-kari, termeh, moarraq and much more.