New concept base on Iranian Calligraphy and Geometry called Calligrometry that presents Iranian alphabet and words in geometric pattern either in form of drawing or animation. Karavansera introduces this concept for the first time and hopes it would open new domain for artist and enthusiasm of Iranian Art and Calligraphy.
Iranian handmade Carpet is the highest quality and the best designed carpet in the world. With different design and colors it conquered the world market since 1000 years. Here I am showing you one of the Iran cities that well-known in Carpet design and market, Tabriz. I am telling you the story of a carpet from very beginning of carpet making in Iran.
From Nature to Market
The story of carpet is a journey from nature to our house with a lot of efforts and passion made by Iranian people. Everything starts from Iranian life in Nature beside animals and how make and use animals as source of art and economy during history. In these series of photos in below you can see how wool is made and prepared and then colored with natural coloring materials then colored strings and the carpet design is provided and given to carpet weavers and once it get done bring the finished carpet to the market to sell. I think the photos can talk louder than words so watching them.
Iranian architects use different kind of arches and vaults to cover the opening for more than 1000 years. Each arches has different characteristic, however, it can be categorized in two different groups, Pointed arches and Round arches. Round arches are mostly taller than Pointed arches.
This workshop is held in Tehran Malek Museum by Saeid Shakouri to design islamic geometric pattern. After learning about designing the patterns the attendants plaid with GIRIH geometric puzzle provided by trainer. and here you can see how interestingly created new patterns using the GIRIH puzzles.
From Tehran To Kerman
We started our trip from Tehran Train station to Kerman province in south of Iran. It took almost 12 hours to get there around 7 am in morning then we headed to Vakil Bazar.
Ganjali Khan Compelex
Ganjali Khan bazaar is almost preserved in good condition and many places are renovated already or under renovation. Ganjali Khan complex includes shops, Bathhouse, Mosque, School and many Caravansaries.
Iranian cities traditionally shaped along the Bazaar as backbone that link other centers such as mosque, bathhouse, school and caravansaries to each other as a coherent structure. Aerial view of google map shows that how Bazaar linked all landmark together from left in government square to right to Jame Mosque.
Jame Mosque of Kerman
After leaving the bazaar with its amazing handicraft and tasty spices we reached to Jame Mosque of Kerman.
We were amazed by the beauty of geometric patterns at the entrance of the mosque.
After entering the mosque there is a big rectangular courtyard with four Ivan at each side that leads prayers to main praying hall that located a beautiful Mehrab which is directed to Mecca.
One of the greatest Iranian invention to overcome the heat of dry and hot cities like Kerman is Ice-pit. In Kerman there are few ice-pit that they kept well preserved. This dome shape building provides an isolated place with its thick walls that keeps frozen ice inside it during cold winter and save the ice till hot summer for serving to people.
A paradise in the heart of desert
There is a small town near Kerman named Mahan that almost located in a very hot and dry area, however they have built an amazing Persian garden by using Qanat system to bring water to surface without any energy and effort for irrigation. this garden name is Bagh -e- Shahzadeh (it means Prince Garden).
An aerial view from google map can show how lonely this beautiful garden is located at the heart of desert.
Beautiful and colorful flowers make a romantic place while listening to sound of water and birds on the trees.
From Kerman to Yazd
Yazd a city made of mud, in this city water is so sacred. If you interested to know how Qanat system works and how Iranian people make it there is a water museum near Amir Chakhmagh Square. Here you can see people still are living in history. Houses made of mud back to 500 years ago still are sheltering people as used to be in old time.
Jame mosque of Yazd
Traditional Air-conditionaire in Iran