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Jashn-e Mehregan - The Autumn Festival of Harvest
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Active ImageMehregan is one of the two most ancient Iranian festivals known, dating back at least as far as the earliest Aryans (Iranians). The word "Mehr" (in Mehregan) in the Persian language means kindness. Mehr represents knowledge, love, light and friendship.
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Persian Music & Nowruz on UNESCO's Heritage List
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Active ImagePersian music and New Year traditions have been registered on UNESCO's List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
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Abyaneh: A Village of Great Antiquity
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Active ImageAbyaneh is a famous historic Iranian village near the city of Kashan in Isfahan Province.  It is located on the northwestern slope of Karkas Mountains, 20 kms away form Natanz. Being a village of great antiquity, Abyaneh is like a living architectural and anthropological museum. It affords an impressive exponent of adaptation of man with his environment.
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The Art of Elamites
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Active ImageNo architectural remains from the first half of the second millennium BCE were observed and described at Susa, and no traces of buildings have been preserved. It is therefore impossible to form an opinion of Elamite architecture at Susa during this period. In the minor arts, however, a definite style manifests itself, a style characterized by the use of animal bodies and animal heads on vessels and other objects.
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Perspolis, Capital of Achaemenid Empire
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Active ImageThe magnificent palace complex at Persepolis was founded by Darius the Great around 518 B.C., although more than a century passed before it was finally completed. Conceived to be the seat of government for the Achaemenian kings and a center for receptions and ceremonial festivities, the wealth of the Persian empire was evident in all aspects of its construction. The splendor of Persepolis, however, was short-lived; the palaces were looted and burned by Alexander the Great in 331-330 B.C.
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Shahnameh, National Epic of the Iranian People
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Active ImageThe Shahnameh is an impressive monument of poetry and historiography, being mainly the poetical recast of what Ferdowsi and his predecessors regarded as the account of Iran's history. An account which already existed in a less appealing form in prose works, especially in the Shahnameh of Abu Mansur Abd-al-Razzaq.
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The Art of Achaemenids
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Active ImageElevation above the plane of ordinary human beings, for which Darius obviously strove in his rock relief at Bisutun and in his tomb façade, is also manifested in his choice of the high terrace of Persepolis for his treasury and his palace--an effective setting for the New Year's ceremonies. In the selection of the site he may have also been influenced by the existing terraces of the early Achaemenid period which have been found at various sites, including Pasargadae, and which may have added some religious significance to the increased security that they afforded the citadel at Pasargadae and the palaces at Persepolis.
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Kamal-ol-Molk: Eminent Iranian Painter
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Active ImageMohammad Ghaffari, better known as Kamal-ol-Molk, was born in Kashan in 1847 to a family greatly attached to art. He was undoubtedly one of the most eminent artists of Iran.
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Illumination: A Unique Iranian Art
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Active ImageTazhib (gilding) is an Arabic word which has been derived from “zahab” meaning “gold”. Gilding currently means to draw beautiful patterns of plants or geometrical shapes on the margins of books. At the beginning, golden color was used in this art and this is why they called it “tazhib” (gilding). Other colors like azure, blue, green, vermilion, and turquoise have also been used along with gold.
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Kashan: A Large Oases Along the Salt Desert
Monday, August 17, 2009
Active ImageKashan is the first of the large oases along the Qom-Kerman road which runs along the edge of the Great Desert. Its charm is therefore mainly due to the contrast between the parched immensities of the Kavir region and the greenery of the well-tended oasis.
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