Habibizad talks realistically about what she had to do to learn from Iran's best naqqali masters. She says it isn't like there is a clear system set up to teach apprentices and train new naqqals. For centuries, most morshed's (master naqqals) have taught their male children or a noor cheshmi (a chosen one) about their art.

Photo essay: A chat with naqqal Fatemeh Habibizad