Iranian Garden | 2011

The Iranian garden has always had a prominent place in Iran’s art and literature, in which it is presented with significant features: it is a place of visual delights, full of trees, flowers, greenery, and birds. The Persian poet, Omar Khayyam, describes the Iranian garden: “As the nightingale, drunk with love, found its way to the garden/it found the flower and the chalice of wine with a smile.” Apart from literature, gardens have been widely used in the Iranian visual art. For instance, it can be found in Persian paintings (minutes), illuminations, Kalamkari (hand printing on textiles), and not least in Persian carpets. They are depicted in pure, vivid colors, signifying times of happiness.

Mehrdad Afsari