Persian Gabeh

Persian Gabeh

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Gabeh is an interesting type of Persian carpet. It has extremely simple pattern and all have geometric pattern. Some newer Gabeh have more details such as birds, and human in the pattern.

Gabeh was getting very popular in 80’s in Europe and now since the lifting of embargo, you find them in the US Market also. The majority of Gabeh have simple plain format with one or two small animal on their pattern. Its word means “unclipped”. It distinct style of weaving is especially suitable for modern or contemporary settings. Majority of them were made by tribal people such as Qashqais around Shiraz.

Mamaghan Needlework

Mamaghan Needlework

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Needlework is a contemporary art of the past two centuries. Using a needle and colorful silk thread, bastings and stitches are shaped upon the fabric, creating beautiful designs and pleasant colors.

Such portraits are a means for the needlework master to communicate with others and express his or her inner desires.

The artist’s interpretation of nature is simple and smooth; something he or she reflects in needlework. Mamaghan needlework is different from other traditional needlework in Iran, when one considers its composition and subject matter.

The drawings in such needlework enjoy beautifull designs specific to the life-style and believes of the concerned artist. Therefore the designs and portraits in the needlework are a key to the recognition on the metaphors existing in arts and literature.

Floral Aigrette, Daraj, Ai-Chakmakh, Goobak and Ghush Ayaghi are of the most commonly used needlework designs which usually come together in a combined design.

Persian Carpet

Persian Carpet

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Persian Carpet

The Persian carpet is one of the most remarkable and well-known Iranian art and cultural manifestation.

About 3000 years ago Persians had taken heaven under their foot through Persian carpet. When you sit on the Persian carpet you will see the famous magical flying carpet is not a magic anymore. You sit on the Persian carpet and find yourself surrounded by the colorful flowers and trees, fountains and streams, beautiful birds. You can hear the birds singing on its trees branches. On Persian carpet, you smell the odor of spring flowers. You can feel the soft caress of wind blowing among the trees. You can smell the breeziness of water flow. And it’s the real magic of Persian carpet.

The Persian rug is more a garden than a carpet. Persian carpet shows a whole extended garden on the floor and enables a transcendental point of view; a look from the height. You, at a glance, will see the whole beauty of this magnificent paradise.

Persian carpet, like Persian garden, is a closed area and safe from its surroundings. It’s an oasis in the middle of the desert. In the middle of timelessness and no whereness, you can have a feeling of relaxation and comfort. Its abstract elements and geometric proportions are a perfect bed for contemplation and meditation. What great poets, philosophers, and thinkers who were raised on this paradise; the small movable paradise which you can roll and take with you wherever you want.

And in the Islamic era, this aspect had been strengthened. Besides the arrangement of its elements which are an inductor of tranquility and enjoyment, it got the perfect representative of upper world and reflection of promised and utopian paradise.

Persian carpets and rugs of various types were woven in parallel by nomadic tribes, in village and town workshops, and by royal court manufactories alike. As such, they represent different, simultaneous lines of tradition, and reflect the history of Iran and its various peoples. Nomadic or tribal carpets are produced by different ethnic groups with distinct histories and traditions. As the nomadic tribes originally wove carpets mainly for their own use, their designs have maintained much of the tribal traditions. Nomadic tribal carpets of Iran can divide to different categories such as Senneh carpets, Bijar carpets, Kurdish village rugs, Qashqai, Khamseh federation, Lori, Afshari, Beluch and so on. And Tabriz in the West, Kerman, and Fars in the South, and Mashhad in the Northeast of Iran, together with the central Iranian towns of Kashan, Isfahan, Nain, and Qom are the main centers of Persian Town carpet.

Baharestan Carpet  is one of the most famous Persian carpets: Baharestan Carpet or Winter Carpet which also known as Spring Garden, was a large, late Sasanian royal carpet, commissioned by the Sassanid King Khosro Anooshiravan, which covered the floor of the great audience hall of Taq Kasra, an iwan in the Sasanian capital of Ctesiphon. In winters that the King missed his beautiful and flourishing gardens, he could lounge on his visionary garden and imagine the fantasy of his real one.

This Carpet was 140 meters long and 27 meters wide, woven of silk, gold, silver, and rare and precious stones. Baharestan Carpet depicted a splendid garden similar to Paradise. Representations of paths and streams were embroidered on it with gems on a ground of gold. Its border was decorated with emeralds to represent cultivated green fields in which there were flowering spring plants with fruit ornamented with different colored gems on stalks of gold with gold and silver flowers and silk foliage.

In 637 CE with invasion of Arabs to Iran and occupation of the Iranian capital Ctesiphon, the Baharestan Carpet, because of being too heavy for the Persians to carry away with them, was seized by the Arabs and by decision of Omar, the Muslims caliph, the carpet cut up and divided into 60,000 pieces among the Muslims.  Although not the best pieces, had been sold for 20,000 dirhams, unit of currency in that era.

The most distinguished art of Persia;, visualization of a Persian garden, Persian garden and the Incarnation of paradise on earth.

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Persian Calligraphy: Nastaliq

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What is Nastaliq

Nastaliqnastaliq is a combination of the naskh and talq styles, featuring elongated horizontal strokes and exaggerated rounded forms. The diacritical marks were casually placed, and the lines were flowing rather than straight. Persian Calligraphy has been considered among the artistic symbols, letters and elements, which form the word, always bear undeniable esthetic qualities. Iranian Calligraphic Styles are Taliq, Nastaliq, Naskh, Thulth, Reqa, Towqi, Shekasteh, Kufic and decorative scripts.

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Iran Health Tourism

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It is some years that Health (a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity) has been one of the main motivations for travel with this aim to maintain or rebuild people Mental and physical health. In modern World, maintaining, improving or rebuilding health for today’s fast moving generation is very important. People travel to use the services that have been provided for their health in different destinations. These services can be specific or within a complete package. This must be happening more than 24 hours and less than one year. Iran with its potential talent is among the 12 countries with biological medicines technology and can serve as a health tourism center. 30,000 people come to Iran each year to receive medical treatment.

Generally, we Go Iran can classify health tourism to the following fields:

  • Health tourism
  • Medical tourism
    • Therapeutic
    • Surgical
  • Medical wellness tourism
  • Spa tourism
    • Medical/thermal
    • Leisure / thermal
    • Day spa
  • Wellness tourism
  • Holistic tourism
  • Selfness tourism
  • Occupational wellness tourism
  • Leisure and sports tourism
  • Spiritual tourism

In case you like a health tour in Iran, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Persian Instrument: Tonbak

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Tonbak or Tombak is the chief percussion instrument, and the first national drum of Iran. Etymology states that the Pahlavi (Persian ancient language) name of this drum was Dombalak. Though there are many ancient manuscripts attesting to the different names of this drum, the oldest documented pictures that have been found by Mehdi Moghiseh are two Persian paintings painted in the 16th century showing some gypsy drummers and dancers, including Tonbak players. The history of Persian music shows that many books have been written on Persian music and it is unfortunate that many of them have not survived and many of them that have survived have not been published in Iran.

The Tonbak is played with a style that is very different from the style that the other goblet drums are played with, though they seem very similar at first sight. Also, the similarity of the names of different goblet drums should not cause the reader to assume that all goblet drums are played with the same style. The Turkish style is different from the Arabic style, although there are some similarities also. In Turkish style, like the Persian style, finger snapping is used. However, the structure of Arabic goblet drums doesn’t let you play finger snaps on it.

The Tonbak is normally positioned diagonally across the torso while the player uses one or more fingers and the palms of the hands on the drumhead, often near the drumhead\’s edge. Its shell is carved from a single block of wood, maybe with a carved design or geometric pattern. At the bottom the shell is somewhat thicker than at the top for strength. The throat is nearly cylindrical and connects the top cavity to the hollow base.

The structure of tonbak is considered to have five parts: Skin, Body, Throat, Small Opening and Large Opening. Skin of Tonbak is glued on the head of Tonbak. Goatskin is most popular. Body of Tonbak is wooden. This is in fact the sound box of Tonbak. Sometimes many furrows are carved on its wood. Throat is almost cylindrical and it is connected from top to the body. Tonbak is open from the top and bottom. Small opening is in the bottom. It is similar to the mouth of trumpet. In fact throat and small opening together are in the form of a trumpet. Large opening is in the top and the skin is covered on it.

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How are the health and hygiene observed in Iran?

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Iranians observe cleanliness in public and private because of their belief. Many campaigns have organized for vaccinations and trainings especially in rural places to prevent diseases and accurate cure. There is no especial current disease in Iran that may be dangerous to you.
There have been overwhelming campaigns, like vaccinations and trainings, to eliminate many diseases used to exist in remote settlements. It has been a success and today you see clean streets, restaurants, hotels, shops, supermarkets, parks, etc.
travelindependent.info says:
High medical standards with most doctors speaking English: consultation fees cheap. Plenty of pharmacies with ultra cheap prices on generic medicine. There is a slight malaria risk depending on the location and time of year. In extreme summer heat, dehydration is of course a danger. On the plus side, tap water is safe to drink almost everywhere.

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How are the variety and quality of foodstuff in Iran?

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Hopefully most of the tourist or better to say all of the travelers enjoy eating Iranian foods. There are a variety of restaurants with nice designs and atmosphere to experience energetic and crowded fast foods opposite calm and relaxed traditional atmosphere with a classic Iranian music. The taste variety is also considered in Iranian foods. The Iranian restaurants foods are mostly cooked with meat like chicken, veal, fish and lamb.

 

Sarein Food

 

The pork is banned. The vegetarians can also order the raw and cooked vegetables in the hotels besides the outside restaurants. The variety and availability of vegetable foods are less than other types of foods.

travelindependent.info says:
Eating can be somewhat difficult in Iran. Restaurants are seldom geared to tourists and signs/menus are mainly in Farsi. Food isn’t that bad, with plenty of rice, yogurt and salad. Fish isn’t too common and most dishes contain meat. There are plenty of pizza, and kebab/burger places around, but none are likely to excite your taste buds.

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Ashora Day

Ashura Day

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In the Islamic calendar, the tenth day of the month of Muharram is the day of ‘Ashoura (also Ashoora or Ashura), a day of mourning for all feeling Muslims. It is the day on which, in the year of 61 Hijri (680 AD), in a place called Karbala, in Iraq, Imam Hussain Ibn Ali sacrificed his life and the lives of many of his family members and friends, in order to save the teachings of Islam from utter distortion and destruction.

Ashora Day
Imam Hussain did not possess the necessary force that would enable him to win; he did not even rely on those who wrote to him from Kufa. For he declared his revolution before he received their letters and delegates. Also, Al-Hijaz did not give him enough support to be able to stand against the Umayyads. Therefore he decided to leave to Iraq for the sole reason of preventing any blood shedding in the Holy City of Makkah. Moreover, he knew that he was destined to die; yet he went on…
If the religion of Mohammad was not going to live on except with me dead, let the swords tear me to pieces
He then dismounted his camel and ordered Aqaba bin Sam’an to hobble it with a tie. The troops of the enemy marched towards him. Among them was Abdullah bin Hawza al-Temimi who shouted, “Is Hussain amongst you?” He said it three times. The followers of Hussain replied, “This is Hussain, what do you want from him?” He retorted, “Oh Hussain! You lied. Be sure you will be consigned to hell”. Hussain answered, “I come to a Lord who is forgiving, generous, commanding and intercessor. But who are you?” He replied, “I am Ibn Hawza”. Hussain raised his hands very high so much so that his armpit showed and said, “Oh Allah! posses him to hell fire.” Ibn Hawza became very angry and charged Hussain with his horse; there was a stream between them; he fell from his horse but his foot got entangled in the stirrup; the horse dragged him on the stones and trees; his free leg was severed; the rest of his body was still attached to the horse who threw him in the fire which was raging in the trench; he was burnt to death.
He raised his eyes towards the sky in supplication and said, “0 Lord! You are mighty in Prowess, the Supreme, the Possessor of every greatness and glory, not in need of the creation, having mastery over everything; Your mercy is high, Truthful in your promise, Giver of bounty and favour; You are close to those who invoke You; encompassing all Your creation; You accept repentance from those who repent, capable of exacting Your will, Having full knowledge of what You are after, Thankful when thanked, remembering when remembered. I invoke You as I am in dire need, ask You as I am poor! I seek refuge in You for I am fearful, weep for I am grieved; I rely on Your succor for I am weak; I put my trust in You alone. 0 Lord! You are the Arbiter between our folk and ourselves for they trespassed against us, let us down, betrayed us, and killed us not-with-standing our kinship to Your Prophet whom You chose for delivering the Message and made the repository of revelation. Alleviate our predicament and relieve our suffering for You are the Most Merciful”.