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Persian Gardens - Vipemo

Gardens & Music

Gardens Most historical gardens in Iran have a mythological background. In fact, the English word “paradise” derives from Old Persian Pardis (“a royal garden").The traditional Iranian garden is usually divided into four quarters by the intersection of two principal avenues. Noteworthy examples of this type are Hasht Behesht, Chehel Sotun in Esfahan, planted during the Safavid period, and Fin Garden in Kashan.The finest of the Safavid gardens was Hezar jarib, situated at the end of Chahar Bagh Avenue on the [...]

Persian Pottery Isfahan Iran - Vipemo


Pottery Safavid ceramics can hardly stand comparison with the splendid wares of earlier periods, yet under the Safavids, there was a notable renaissance in pottery. The artists of the Safavid age brought about the beautiful tilework that can be observed in the mosques of this period. Shah Abbas the Great is said to have summoned to his capital 300 Chinese potters, and the most characteristic ceramics of his reign show the strong influence, and often the direct imitation, of Far Eastern [...]

Iranian Carpets Isfahan - Vipemo


Carpets While architecture and painting were the main artistic vehicles of the Safavids, the making of textiles and carpets was also of great importance. In the 16th century, hitherto primarily nomadic crafts were transformed into royal industries by the creation of court workshops. The best known carpets of this period, dated 1539. come from the Mausoleum of Sheikh Safi od-Din Safavid in Ardabil and, in the opinion of many experts, represent the summit of achievement in carpet design. The larger [...]

Calligraphy Isfahan Iran - Vipemo


Calligraphy While in the West calligraphy is considered mainly penmanship, in the East it is one of the most important fine Arts. Calligraphers were an essential requirement for any self-respecting court, and very often princes and nobles practiced calligraphy themselves. Moreover, prohibition against figurative art in mosques, and an emphasis put on literacy and knowledge Islamic leaders imparted further importance to the written word in the Islamic world.Broadly speaking, there were two distinct scripts in the early centuries of Islam: [...]

Miniature Iran Vipemo


Miniature Miniature in Iran went through a long and complicated course of development, reaching its culmination mainly during the Mongol and Timurid periods. From a historical viewpoint, the most important development in Iranian miniature has been the adoption of Chinese design and coloring, subsequently blended with the idiosyncratic cultural concepts of Iranian artists. The most important function of miniatures was the illustration of manuscripts. Miniatures  pictured the literary plot, making it more enjoyable and easier to understand. Iran's great wealth of [...]


Shah Abbas I and the the Golden Age of Isfahan’s History

Shah Abbas The history of Isfahan cannot be separated from the name of Shah Abbas the Great, the ruler who chose it as a capital in 1598 and spent forty-two years of his life toward its beautification and eminence. Brought up in Herat, the great cultural and intellectual center of Iran in the 16th century, since childhood Shah Abbas had been influenced by its magnificent architecture, painting, and calligraphy. The young prince showed astounding precocity as a connoisseur of the [...]

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Introducing Isfahan

Isfahan A city of immense beauty and unforgettable experiences, Isfahan has been dazzling travelers for ages. Perhaps one of the reasons for this is that most westerners appreciate the truly Persian character that the city has retained. Nesf-e Jahan, Half of the World Nesf-e Jahan, "Half of the World", is a popular rhyme with the name of Isfahan and an example of the praise lavished by the inhabitants and poets on their city. At one time - at the close of the [...]

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Iranian New Year (Nowruz)

Nowruz The greatest Iranian holiday, Nowruz (literally "new day"), is celebrated on March 20 or 21 and commemorates the entrance of the sun into the sign of Aries at the vernal equinox. The Iranians believe that Nowruz was instituted by King Jamshid; it is known for certain to have seen celebrated for at least 2500 years. It is the only festival of ancient Persia that has not been displaced by Islamic holidays. The Iranians never fail to celebrate it, except [...]

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Introducing Iran – History

Introducing Iran - History In this chapter of Introducing Iran we look at the early civilization of Iran's history and Elam dynasty. Iran is home to one of the most oldest continuous major civilization. (more…)

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