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The Persian Garden: Echoes of Paradise Paperback – December 31, 2003

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About the Author

Mehdi Khansari was born in Tehran and studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has coauthored with his wife, Minouch Yavari, Espace Persan (Pierre Mardaga, 1986), a book on traditional architecture in Iran, and The Persian Bazaar: Veiled Space of Desire (Mage, 1994).

M. R. Moghtader was born in Tehran in 1931 and received his architecture degree in Paris in 1956. From 1958 to 1981 he practiced as an architect in Iran where his designs include the master plan for the city of Tabriz, the Shiraz University complex, and the Tehran University Faculties of Theology and Economic Science. Since 1981 he has been living in Paris, where he researches and practices architecture.

Minouch Yavari was born in Tehran and received her architecture degree in Paris. She has worked since 1984 as an architect in Tehran and in France. She has coauthored with her husband, Mehdi Khansari, Espace Persan (Pierre Mardaga, 1986), a book on traditional architecture in Iran, and The Persian Bazaar: Veiled Space of Desire (Mage, 1994).

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The Persian garden stands in opposition to its landscape. It is experienced as much in terms of what it is not as what it is. Outside its high wallsand the garden is always walledmay brood barren mountains and vast expanses of pitiless desert; within, all is calm. The garden becomes the still point in a turning world, a field of constant, subtle change held in delicate balance by man-made design. From the surrounding desert (or bustling city), one enters a gate and passes through an airy summer pavilion to see a long, cascading waterway flanked by shady walks and cypress avenues. Here the sun's glare is no more than gilding in a moving filigree of light and shadow, the desert wind the breath that wrinkles and slides on still water and whispers in the branches of the trees. -- From the Preface --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Mage Publishers (December 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934211752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934211758
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 12 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,860,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. And it's not because I've been to some of the places that are studied in the book. The pictures take you to the gardens that were at the heart of the great residences of kings and leaders...In a time when few get the chance to see the beauty of Iran and the culture that arose from it, this book shows a world of culture, history and color. Look, read and with your mind's eye see an old world that gave much to this new one.
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The history and descriptions are very informative. The drawn diagrams of the garden layouts are also very helpful, as are the historical images from books and sculptures. My only complaint is that some of the contemporary photos are of poor quality - grainy, soft, flat, full frontal sun on buildings. Given the subject matter, it seems that spectacular photos could have been the rule.
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The pictures, the stories, it is all one great inspiring read, and so much more awesome than i had expected.
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