See what's in Iran's abandoned embassy

Dramatic photographs revealing the faded grandeur of the Embassy of Iran in Washington, DC, which has been closed to visitors for more than 30 years, are on show at an exhibition in Dubai. The Iranian-American artist Eric Parnes gained access to the building, capturing the Persian-inspired interiors in a series of photographs on show at Ayyam Gallery, “Custodian of Vacancy: The Iranian Embassy in the USA”, until 30 January. “This was the centrepiece of the Iranian government, and is perhaps one of the most magnificent embassies in the world," Parnes says. All photos courtesy the artist and Ayyam Gallery.