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Shebeke from National museum of history of Azerbaijan in Baku

Wood, glass, geometry – stained glass in Iran and Azerbaijan

In this article I am sharing my experience of visiting traditional stained glass workshops in Iran and Azerbaijan. I am not aware if this kind of craft is unique for the region I…

The Khwaju Bridge, from Pascal Coste,  Les Monuments modernes de la Perse (1867) . The central feature, set on a wider footing, helped the bridge to resist the pressure of the water.

Bridges of Isfahan

Isfahan grew up next to the Zayandeh Rud, which feeds the oasis where people had first settled in prehistoric times. To carry the line of the Chahar Bagh across the river, Shah ‘Abbas…

A 19th century drawing by Pascal Coste of the Chahar Bagh Madrassah in Isfahan.

Architectural sketches by Pascal Coste

Xavier Pascal Coste (26 November 1787 – 8 February 1879) was a French architect, born in Marseille, France. Showing intellectual and artistic promise, Pascal began his studies in the studio of Penchaud, architect of the département…

Imam Mosque, Isfahan

Walls of Isfahan

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Jameh Mosque of Isfahan

The Jāmeh Mosque of Isfahān (Persian: مسجد جامع اصفهان‎ – Masjid-e-Jāmeh Isfahān) is the grand, congregational mosque (Jāmeh) of Isfahān city, within Isfahān Province, Iran. The mosque is the result of continual construction, reconstruction, additions and renovations on the site…

Stucco Mihrab

The Room of Sultan Uljeitu

The Room of Sultan Muhammad Khodabandeh Uljeitu  (r. 1304-17) in the Jameh Mosque (Isfahan),  is home to one of the mosque’s greatest treasures – an exquisite stucco mihrab awash with dense Quranic inscriptions and floral…

Jameh Mosque, Yazd

Walls of Yazd, Iran

Yazd is of foremost importance as a centre of fine Persian mosaics and beautiful architecture. The Yazd walls demonstrate a visual continuity in color, scale and form with the built fabric of the…

Painting by the french architect, Pascal Coste, visiting Persia in 1841.

Imam (Shah) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran

Built during the Safavid period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian Architecture. The Shah Mosque of Esfahan is one of…

Vakil Mosque

Vakil Mosque in Shiraz

The Vakil Mosque (Persian: مسجد وکیل ‎ – Masjed-e Vakil), Shiraz, Iran is a beautiful mosque built in mid 18th century by Karim Khan, Regent (Vakil)  and the founder of Zand Dynasty. The entrance gates as well as…

The interior side of the dome

Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque

Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque (Persian: مسجد شیخ لطف الله‎ Masjed-e Sheikh Lotf-ollāh) is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran….

A SAFAVID SILK, WOOL AND METAL-THREAD PRAYER RUG

A Safavid Silk and Wool Rug

  The inscriptions on this rug suggest that it may have been a diplomatic gift from the Safavid Persian court to that of the Ottoman Turks. Perhaps it was even given on the occasion…

AN ELEGANT ASTROLABE MATER AND PLATES ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE PROLIFIC HÂJJÎ 'ALÎ, ISFAHAN

Decorative Astrolabes and Compass

Close to 20 astrolabes, all virtually identical in appearance, are known from the hand of Hâjjî ‘Alî, who seems to be identical with ‘Alî ibn Sâdiq Qummî. They date from the period around 1780-1800, although…

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