Sofreh: The Art of Persian Celebration

9781898113560: Sofreh: The Art of Persian Celebration

  • A one-of-a-kind book that examines Persian celebrations from their earliest incarnations to their present state
  • Reaches out to Iranians worldwide, embracing and celebrating their cultural heritage
  • Glossy full-color photographs capture the spirit of these ancient traditions in the modern day
'Sofreh' is Persian for 'spread' - referring to the colorful arrangements of flowers, condiments and objects of spiritual or cultural importance that are displayed at Persian ceremonies. As the title promises, this book is a visual feast. Flush with lavish historical illustrations and contemporary photography, it documents Persian marriage and New Year celebrations in rich detail. Sofreh pays homage to ancient traditions, discussing the symbiosis of symbolism and culture. Despite their ancestral roots, the featured ceremonies are infused with life and creativity. Modern fabrics are welcomed alongside refined antique textiles, creative floral designs, unconventional pieces of furniture, and unexpected objects.

References to Persian poetry, literature, art and folklore stimulate the imagination, and the text is illuminated with exquisitely detailed extracts from old manuscripts, antique woven textiles and embroideries. Each volume centers around a series of original and at times highly elaborate sofreh creations. Together they comprise an extensive project, involving research into Persian ceremonies and sofreh history by an eminent scholar, and the design and creation of stunning compositions. Book One is about the Persian New Year (Nowruz), which is celebrated on the first day of Spring. Book Two explores Persian marriage and wedding customs, and the elaborate settings for marriage ceremonies (Aqd).

These two lavishly illustrated volumes which make an enduring gift are devoted to showcasing sofreh compositions in all of their glory. Never before have the splendor and beauty of the sofreh been presented in such an intricate and novel fashion.

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Khosrowshahi, Maryam with Dr Willem Floor and Parviz Tanavoli
Published by Hali Publications Ltd, London (2014)
ISBN 10: 1898113564 ISBN 13: 9781898113560
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Book Description Hali Publications Ltd, London, 2014. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Illustrated by Hundreds of color plates; This is not about the tribal textile as in Tanavoli's other books. "SOFREH: The Art of Persian Celebration is a journey in words and images through the culture of Persian celebrations. Never before have the splendour and beauty of these ancient traditions been presented in such an intricate and novel fashion. Sofreh, Persian for spread, is the focal point of the celebrations. "These two lavishly illustrated volumes devoted to compositions created for the Persian New Year and marriage ceremonies are beautifully presented and richly documented. The history and symbolism of ancient Persian customs permeate the works. At the heart of each volume is a diverse array of original and at times highly elaborate sofreh creations. "The concept of the project, the design and creation of the compositions, and the relevant texts are the work of Maryam Khosrowshahi, who has devoted much time and effort to the presentation of these culturally significant Persian ceremonies. Additional material comes from Dr Willem Floor in the form of enlightening historical essays, and acclaimed Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli who has written the preface. -Publisher ; 344+270 pp. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS009785I

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