Safavid art refers to art in Persia (Iran) during the dynasty of the same name (1501-1722), a high point for the art of the book and architecture; other art at the time included ceramics, metal and glass. While of course nourished by Persian culture, the Safavid art was strongly influenced by Turken culture (having due regard to the origins of the dynasty), as well as Chinese, Ottoman and Western cultures.
In The Trembling of the Veil (1922) Yeats presents a portrait of Althea, whom he does not name.
"On a lower floor [of the Dublin Theosophical Society house in Ely Place], lived a strange red-haired girl, all whose thoughts were set upon painting and poetry, conceived as abstract images like Love and Penury in the Symposium; and to these images she sacrificed herself with Asiatic fanaticism. The engineer [a Manichean philosopher who rented the house] had discovered her starving somewhere in an unfurnished or half-furnished room, and that she had lived for many weeks upon bread and shell-cocoa, so that her food never cost her more than a penny a day. Born into a county family, who were so haughty that their neighbours called them the Royal Family, she had quarrelled with a mad father, who had never, his tenants declared, ‘unscrewed the top of his flask with any man’, because she wished to study art, had run away from home, had lived for a time by selling her watch, and then by occasional stories in an Irish paper. For some weeks she had paid half-a-crown to some poor woman to see her to the art schools and back, for she considered it wrong for a woman to show herself in public places unattended; but of late she had been unable to afford the school fees. The engineer engaged her as a companion for his wife, and gave her money enough to begin her studies once more.”(http://www.tartaruspress.com/gyles.html)