Monday, February 25, 2008

Persian - Islamic art, a never-ending shine!

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I don’t know exactly that in which place you are reading this post; Sitting at your personal room in front of a desktop PC, or running a PDA during a short trip outside of city, or using a laptop at your work. It does not matter a lot. But everywhere you are at right, try looking around yourself for a few moments and search for any artistic component which you think is made by the powerful hands of an artist.

Looking below your shoes and seeing a beautiful carpet? Looking on the walls and finding oriental tile-working or drawings? Sitting at the lunch table and enjoying a happy meal with the plates full of colored engravings? Going to a mosque with a luminous dome decorated with bright and artistic illuminations?

No difference that where do you live, or which language do you speak and what type of religion do you have, our daily lives are common in one point and that is our close relationship with Persian Islamic arts.

As you may know, the history of architecture and painting in Iran dates back to almost 600 BC where the first buildings have been constructed and the fantastic Persian miniature tableaus have been revealed by the artist hands.

Now the evident signs of Persian ancient painting could be found everywhere in the world. The famous Chinese miniature which is consisted of huge body pictures and colorful objects is one of the several branches of Persian painting, also the roots of religious ceremonial and decorative paintings on the walls of churches and nunneries in India beside of Christian portraits of holy personalities such as Maria the virgin hanged on the walls of abbeys in European cities like Rome and Paris, must be found in the account of Persian culture and arts.

Since Iranians were always the followers and fans of peace, tranquility and brotherhood in various historical periods, some special elements such as flowers, planets and natural components could be found in their paintings, architecture and drawings as a basic part.
Flowers and planets are the symbol of peace and brotherhood, and particularly when two or more persons want to join a friendly connection with together, they try presenting flowers as gifts that conveys the message of love, peace and stability.


Domestic and beautiful animals also play an important role within ornamenting paintings and buildings in the school of Persian – Islamic art. Deer, pigeon, phoenix and peacock are in this rank.

Of course you know that Phoenix is a legendary and fabulous creature that first has been named in the Shahname of Ferdowsi in 1000 AD and its birthplace is located in the heart of Persian folklore fictions and tales that Ferdowsi collected and organized at last.

To be honest with you, I can not really tell the whole story of Persian miniature, painting and architecture even in detailed articles and discourses. Maybe it would be better to talk about them in separate sections but their historical combination, caused me to put emphasis on their mixed relationship during the years in a single post.

If you want to learn more about these topics, simply try reading this article and also take a tour of world master of Persian painting, Mahmoud Farshchian who irrigated this forgotten garden, again.

By the way, if you want to learn more about the positive effects of Islamic culture on the basis of Persian painting and architecture, try reading this article about Mosques; where the Persian – Islamic artistic creativity goes to its highest levels of blossom and revival.

1 comment:

Mos and Nikou said...

Hi there,

I've been following your blog and I really find it interesting. I love reading articles from a fellow Iranian abroad.

Btw, this Norouz, send flowers to your loved ones in Iran via ParsaFlora http://parsaflora.com

Nikou