European Women in Persian Houses : Western Images in Safavid and Qajar Iran

Description

During the course of the 19th century, a relatively modern medium entered the private space of Iranian houses of the wealthy and became a popular feature of interior design in Persia. This was print media - lithographed images on paper and postcards - and their subject was European women. These idealised images adorned houses across the country throughout the Qajar period and this trend was particularly fashionable in Isfahan and mural decorations at the entrance gate of the Qaysarieh bazaar. The interest in images of Western women was an unusual bi-product of Iran's early political and cultural encounters with the West. In a world where women were rarely seen in public and, even then, were heavily veiled, the notion of European women dressed in - by Iranian standards - elegant and revealing clothing must have sparked much curiosity and some titillation among well-to-do merchants and aristocrats who felt the need to create some association, however remote, with these alien creatures. The introduction of such images began during the Safavid era in the 17th century with frescoes in royal palaces. This spread to other manifestations in the form of tile work and porcelain in the Qajar era, which became a testament to the popularity of this visual phenomenon among Iran's urban elite in the 19th and early 20th century. Parviz Tanavoli, the prominent Iranian artist and sculptor, here brings together the definitive collection of these unique images. European Women in Persian Houses will be essential for collectors and enthusiasts interested in Iranian art, culture and social history.

Details

Author(s)
Parviz Tanavoli
Format
Hardback | 248 pages
Dimensions
228 x 265 x 27.94mm | 1,601.18g
Publication date
30 Mar 2016
Publisher
I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Imprint
I.B. TAURIS
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
Colour throughout
ISBN10
1784535079
ISBN13
9781784535070
Bestsellers rank
2,818,438