The Music Hall of Ali Qapu’s unique architectural features cut down on echoes while diffusing music for fantastic low-tech acoustics.Continue Reading
Aineh-kari is the Persian art of creating mirror mosaics. Learn how they’re made.Continue Reading
Muqarnas are complex 2D designs that are given volume to create awe-inspiring architectural details.Continue Reading
Banna’i is an architectural technique that combines brickwork with kufi calligraphy.Continue Reading
Leticia Rocha-Zivadinovic of Cretur Fetur pays tribute to Bobak Ferdowski’s patriotic mohawk with a needle-felted model of him, and I think it’s sweet way to remember those moments the world shared, watching Curiosity land on Mars.Continue Reading
Maymand Village in the Kerman province of Iran has been carved out of the rock over the ages. The village has a population of 140, and was recognized by UNESCO in 2005.
The kinds of dwelling-place dug out of the mountains are not of a temporary nature but rather are permanent homes (having been lived in for the last 2000 or 3000 years). The pastoral type architecture (shepherd huts known as kapar or gambeh, and barns or sheepfolds) can be seen here and there about the landscape and is part of the built heritage.
Maymand bears some similarities to Derinkuyu in Turkey.Continue Reading
I recently visited the ancient city of Kerman, Iran (founded in the 3rd century, A.D.). The hand-woven carpets of Kerman are renowned worldwide, and I had the good fortune of visiting one of the rug-weaving factories. The workspace was filled with giant looms and this one was manned by a husband and wife weaving team. […]Continue Reading