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Persian Garden: Echoes of Paradise by Mehdi Khansari, M. Yavari, M. R. Moghtader, M. Reza Moghtader

For more than three thousand years, the Persian garden has been a focus of Iran's national imagination, influencing its art, literature, and even religion. The Persian garden's inspirational role has, however, extended far beyond the land of its origin; its precepts have exerted a profound influence on garden design around the world. The Persian Garden: Echoes of Paradise chronicles the history of the Persian garden, from the magnificent sanctuaries and hunting parks of fifth-century b.c. Persepolis to the magical nightingale gardens of nineteenth-century Tehran. All were seen as a kind of earthly paradise (the English word paradise has its roots in the old Persian word pairi-daeza meaning a "walled space"). To an astonishing extent, that vision seems justified.

This book was meticulously researched and created over a period of six years in, Paris, Tehran and Washington by photographer, Mehdi Khansari and architect Minouch Yavari, together with the renowned Persian architect and architectural historian Reza Moghtader. It explains the philosophy behind Persian garden design and offers an authoritative account of its development-introducing new historical material in the process. This extraordinary story is enhanced by vivid descriptions of Persian gardens as seen through the eyes of travelers to Iran during the past five hundred years. Over 240 illustrations in full color, complement the text. They include magnificent color photographs, old plates and engravings, as well as exquisite architectural renderings and plans of the sites and the gardens. A selection of the finest Persian garden-carpets, textiles, miniature paintings, stone reliefs, painted tiles, pottery, and poetry, augment the reader's experience of an ancient art form that for centuries has sought to meld the physical and the spiritual.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780934211758
Publisher: Mage Publishers
Publication date: 12/28/2004
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 11.22(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 8
History and Heritage 11
The Gardens of the Great Kings 29
Restoring Ancient Glories 45
The Mongol Interlude 61
The Safavids 69
The 19th Century 107
The Thousand-Flower Tapestry 147
Plants and Trees of Iran 157
Index of Gardens 163
Bibliography 164
Credits and Acknowledgments 168

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