Paisley has a legacy in Iran. This sample is believed to date from somewhere between 1800-1899 and has been traced back to the Masjid-e Nasir-ol-Molk mosque in Shiraz.

A brief history of paisley

Paisley has a legacy in Iran. This sample is believed to date from somewhere between 1800-1899 and has been traced back to the Masjid-e Nasir-ol-Molk mosque in Shiraz.

Simurgh , Persian also spelled simorgh, simurg, simoorg or simourv, is a benevolent, mythical flying creature. It is sometimes equated with other mythological birds such as Arabic Anqā or Persian Homā The figure can be found in all periods of Greater Iranian art and literature and is also evident in the iconography of medieval Armenia , the Byzantine empire and other regions that were within the sphere of Persian cultural influence ..

Simurg (Zümrüdü Anka)

Simurgh , Persian also spelled simorgh, simurg, simoorg or simourv, is a benevolent, mythical flying creature. It is sometimes equated with other mythological birds such as Arabic Anqā or Persian Homā The figure can be found in all periods of Greater Iranian art and literature and is also evident in the iconography of medieval Armenia , the Byzantine empire and other regions that were within the sphere of Persian cultural influence ..

Tile detail of Iranian Mosque, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  by Phil Weymouth; I was told that Islam prohibits the representation of nature, hence the abstracts - not really flowers or leaves but overall that's the impression.  Intricate and mesmerizing.

Tile detail of Iranian Mosque, Dubai, United Arab Emirates by Phil Weymouth; I was told that Islam prohibits the representation of nature, hence the abstracts - not really flowers or leaves but overall that's the impression. Intricate and mesmerizing.

Iranian Art | THE IRANIAN: Paintings, Pooneh Jafari Nejad

Iranian Art | THE IRANIAN: Paintings, Pooneh Jafari Nejad

miniature art - Iranian expertise

miniature art - Iranian expertise

‘The Loss of Our Identity #6,’ 2007 by Iranian artist Sadegh Tirafkan.  Picture #2 at link.

The Rise of Mideast Contemporary Art

‘The Loss of Our Identity #6,’ 2007 by Iranian artist Sadegh Tirafkan. Picture #2 at link.

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