The World Crafts Council AISBL (WCC-AISBL) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was founded in 1964 to promote fellowship, foster economic development through income generating craft related activities, organize exchange programs, workshops, conferences, seminars, and exhibitions—and in general, to offer encouragement, help, and advice to the craftspersons of the world. The organization is now formally registered in Belgium as an international organization and AISBL is there the french shortcut for an international association without lucrative purpose. The WCC is organised into five regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America. The organization is affiliated to UNESCO.
The unique geographical situation of Iran, which has served as a bridge between the East and the West, together with its diverse climatic conditions and various raw materials available, have caused the flourishing of many arts and crafts in this country in its long history. During the pre-Islamic era from Achaemenid to Sassanian (559 BC – 651 AD), precious items such as textiles, metalworks, jewellery, lusterwares and glasswares were sent from Iran to China and Europe. The adoption and extensive application of geometrical designs on glazed tiles, ceramics, carpets and also metal, wood and stone engravings and finally the making of khatam (marquetry) and enamelled objects, led to the perfection of these designs.