She was born in Ahvaz, Iran. She attended the Museum Studies program at the Cultural Heritage University in Tehran. In her research at the university, she came across the art of Naqqali, and started an apprenticeship with Morshed Torabi, one of the most prominent naqqals in Iran. Her pursuit of the art took her through a journey to identify and meet masters of Naqali and to learn the craft from the very best.

Photo essay: A chat with naqqal Fatemeh Habibizad