Born in Zürich Gertrud Rennhard joined the Swiss Foreign Office in
1945 and in 1947 received her first overseas posting, to Sao Paulo.
Following tenures in Rome and in Basel, Gertrud Rennhard was posted to
Tehran in 1962 where she remained until her retirement in 1976.
During this 14 year period Gertrud Rennhard not only travelled
extensively throughout Iran and neighbouring countries, but passionately
collected objects of Islamic art: be it calligraphy, carpets, coins,
jewellery, furniture, whatever…