Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Jame Mosque of Yazd


Most cities with sizable Muslim populations possess a primary congregational mosque. The unique hybrid of design and dimensions, reflect the atmosphere of the period or geographic region and the expertise of the architect. The grand congregational mosque of Yazd in Iran is unique in this regard and thus enjoys a special place in the history of Islamic architecture.

Jame Mosque of Yazd dating back to 12th century is regarded as one of the outstanding building.
Jame Mosque of Yazd, Iran

This magnificent mosque dating back to 12th century is regarded as one of the outstanding building. It is believed that the mosque was built on the ruins of the Sassanid fire temple by Ala'oddoleh Garshasb during the Al-e-Bouyeh dynasty and was largely rebuilt in 14th century. The two most outstanding features of this Islamic mosque are its domes and minarets. It is famous for its notable minaret’s architecture as the highest in the world with more than 52 meter and their turquoise gem that could be seen from miles away. With the special tiles works and various domes, this mosque is an excellent example of Islamic architecture. Under the central dome inside the mosque, there are some smaller dome like arches designed with dazzling ceramic tiles and the beautiful manuscripts from holy Quran which depict the masterpieces of calligraphy and tiling.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Traditional Iranian handicrafts by real artisans



Handcrafts and art industry represent culture, tradition and creativity of the people of Isfahan. Miniature painting, carving, mosaic and silver beads, chain weaving, carpet weaving, and textile crafts are traditional arts which flourished in the Safavid era. It is highly recommended that visitors make time to view the beautiful native arts and crafts.


Inlaid art crafts
These consist of objects with small wooden triangles in regular geometric forms. Inlaid art works in geometric patterns are composed of triangles made up of ivory, camel bone, wood, brass and wire. Many products such as picture frames, jewelry boxes, cigarette boxes, pipes and album covers are decorated with this intricate inlaid work.
 
Inlaid art crafts consist of objects with small wooden triangles in regular geometric forms
Inlaid art crafts,Isfahan,Iran


Weaving
Persian carpets go back 2500 years and have a rich culture behind them. There are of two types: nomadic and city woven carpets. Tribal and nomadic carpets which are made by Iranian nomads have an improvised geometric design and asymmetric pattern made with organic colors. City woven carpets can be made of thread, silk and wool in a different pattern based on a weaver’s style. Today, most designs of new carpets include Lachak forms, flowers, shahabbasi, prayer, trees and hunting.


 There are of two types: nomadic and city woven carpets.
Weaving,Isfahan,Iran



Silk Isfahan carpets
One of the most expensive carpets in the world belong to Iran, and is the silk carpet of Isfahan. The outstanding craftsmanship, high knot density and use of pure silk make them unique. These carpets have a high decorative value with striking colors and elaborate patterned designs. They are one of the main crafts which has an important economic aspect too. In the Safavid era, Isfahan was one of the main carpet centers. There are some shops in this city where carpets are woven in a golden texture. 

One of the most expensive carpets in the world belong to Iran, and is the silk carpet of Isfahan.
Silk carpet, Isfahan, Iran



Felting
Felt is the oldest textile fabric dates back to 6300 BC and has its origin in the Neolithic period. It is created from wool or other animal fibers that are densely matted together. In Asia, particularly in Iran, this nonwoven fabric has been used for yurts, rugs, hats, boots and clothing since 16th century. Felt making largely belongs to nomads communities including Qashgaees, Bakhtiyari and Arab Jarghoye who mainly live in Fereydonshah ,Semirom, chadegan and Shahrreza  among which, Semirom felting is very famous .


It is created from wool or other animal fibers that are densely matted together.
Felting,Isfahan,Iran

 You can visit Qeytariye bazar in Isfahan and spend some hours in this historical yet alive atmosphere which seems to be a great experience while traveling in Iran and enjoy watching and buying these marvelous handicrafts.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Dove-White Sabalan Mountain Soared into the Sky


Whoever has not ascended mountains knows little of the beauties of Nature. Sabalan is a high mountain with most unique and varied natural landscapes in the world, lying in the North West of Iran in the province of Ardabil. As the third highest mountain in the country with a peak soaring to 4811 meters and a small lake at its peak, the inactive volcano of Sablan has experienced a big popularity among artists and common people throughout the centuries.
Sabalan represents one of the most important natural inheritances with the tompost peak, and the most striking trails calling all admirers of mountains.  With its enchanting natural spas on its foothill, beautiful summer and the great Alvarez ski resort, Sabalan, is of great interest to tourists melting borders and confines. Whenever you go to Sabalan, have your camera ready for postcard-perfect shots time after time. Aside from its difficult routes and crumbling walls, Sabalan is regarded as one of the most stunning mountains in Iran with its many hot springs and mineral cold water.
The best time to climb to the top is in summer and during the morning, which is more likely for climate stability. In spring and summer, you’ll find it impossible to resist the call of Sabalan emerald-green areas, fields of vibrant wildflowers and its crystalline lake. In winter, Sabalan peak is stormy with snow and ice. The weather in the peak is unstable, although there is always the chance of snow and rain. To climb the Sabalan, there are several paths. But the most common is the east route, perfect for climbers and flagged all the way. 


Sabalan represents one of the most important natural inheritances with the tompost peak, and the most striking trails calling all admirers of mountains.
Sabalan mountain, Ardabil,Iran

Like stunning mirrors of outstanding natural beauty, lake in Mt. Sabalan reflects the splendor of the surrounding landscape in its water. Sleeping quietly between the mountains, at an altitude of 4811 meters on the summit of Mount Sabalan, the lake has an oval shape and the appearance of a piece of exquisite jade, extended to an area of over 12,000 square meters. Closely interconnected with human existence and the places around it, Sabalan Lake cast a powerful spell over its visitors. The water is crystalline clear and the temperature in the hot summer months is almost zero.
Most days of the year the lake is frozen, covered with ice and snow and about 2 to 3 months over the year (July, August and September), it is not open and unfrozen due to the climatic conditions of the region.
While most months of the year the lake surface is covered by ice and the living conditions is reduced to a minimum, however, in the summer, especially in August if you watch the lake from the heights overlooking the lake, it seems green indicating the growth of green algae. In addition to algae, a great number of crustacean animals live in the lake.
The conic opening of the volcano turned into an elegant lake unmatched in its kind as a rare natural phenomenon and an unexplored wonderland of beauty and remarkable biological diversity. Lake water is provided from gradual accumulation of melting snow, glaciers and rainfall. In the evening, when the sun withdraws discreetly back into its kingdom, the lights are reflected in the calm waters of the lake. Mountain peaks bestow even greater beauty on the region and the blue water embellishes the breathtaking scenery. Every season here has its own beauty and adds to the charms of the region for thousands of nature lovers and mountain climbers all year round.


Sabalan represents one of the most important natural inheritances with the tompost peak, and the most striking trails calling all admirers of mountains.
Sabalan mountain, Ardabil,Iran