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Turquoise – The National Stone of Iran

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Turquoise – The National Stone of Iran

You may be interested to know that the word Turquoise actually dates to the 17thcentury, when trading routes brought turquoise from Persia through the Middle East towards Europe. The traders passed through Turkey, known as “Turquie” in French, and the material was named “Turquies” (“Turkish”) by locals. Iran has been an important source of turquoise for at least 2000 years where it is called “fīrūzeh” in Farsi. You may have noticed its use in Iranian architecture, where the blue turquoise was used to cover the domes of palaces and mosques because its intense blue colour was also a symbol of...

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Chogān – The origins of Polo

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Chogān – The origins of Polo

Ever played Polo? What if I told you that the first games resembling polo were played over 2500 years ago in Iran. An exciting team sport played on horseback, Chogān is often hailed as the ancestor to the modern game of Polo. Even with a history dating back to the 5thCentury BC, you can witness the game in play as it is still one of the most popular sports in the Middle East. Originally a game to train cavalry in the King’s Guard, Chogān grew to become a national sport in Iran, played by both men and women. The first international...

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Ghalamkar (Qalamkar)- The art of Persian Woodblock art!

Ghalamkar (Qalamkar)- The art of Persian Woodblock art!

The word ghalamkar/qalamkar is a Persian name which is derived from the words ghalam/qalam (pen) and “kari” which means craftsmanship, as you can tell from the name it is originated from the way they were made before which was painted by hand rather than blocks. This art began around 400 years ago in Iran during the Safavieh ruling, This Craft was so popular in the 1846s that it is said 100s of men would be washing their cloths at the river every day. This art as beautiful and delicate it may seem it has a complex and lengthy process. In...

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The Persian art of “Minakari” or “Enamelling”

The Persian art of “Minakari” or  “Enamelling”

Are they glass? 'No' - Clay? 'No, They are copper enamel plate!!'.  One of the most frequent question we have been asked. The more you know about the pieces, the more precious they will be to you. So why not have a 50-second read about the Art of Minakari! Painting Mina is a very complicated art and it takes a lot of skill and experience, and we at Iran sheen want to give you an idea of the amount of effort and history that goes into these beautiful pieces, since we offer these fascinating products ourselves. So here are a...

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'Yalda Night' The shortest day, or the longest night?!

'Yalda Night'  The shortest day, or the longest night?!

 "Yalda night" is one of the most ancient festivals rooted within the Persian culture and still celebrated today. Why is it celebrated, you ask? Well it may be a short day, but that also means it’s a long night! Yes, Iranian celebrate the longest night of the year or "Winter solstice" which is on 20/21 December, or as some cultures call it, "the shortest day of the year". However we like to look at the full half of the glass and find it as another reason to spend time with our loved ones and celebrate it. In addition to Iran,  other countries...

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