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Patterns of Shiraz, City of Poets

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10:30- 17:30


Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh

Patterns of Shiraz, City of Poets is a course run by The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. You’ll have the opportunity to discover selected patterns in mosques and madrassas in Shiraz and Persian poetry. You will learn to compose patterns using a compass, a straight edge, and with dazzling, symbolic colours.

Shiraz is one of the most significant cities in the medieval Islamic world. In the 13th century, it was a centre of arts and writing and home to many Persian scholars and artists. These included the famous poets Sa’di (c.1208 – 1291) and Hafez (1315 – 1390): their graves are still major sites of pilgrimage for Iranians. Throughout the Safavid Empire (1501 – 1736), Shiraz remained a provincial capital, but many palaces and ornate buildings were constructed in the same style as those of the capital, Isfahan. The arts flourished during the rule of Shah Abbas I (Abbas the Great), including painting, ceramics and carpet weaving among many.

In 1762, Shiraz became the capital of Persia, under the enlightened rule of Karim Khan Zand. He restructured the entire city, implementing a moat around it, built gates, bridges, mosques, bathhouses, a bāzār as well as many other buildings. His liberal administration encouraged trade, religious minorities, and arts and culture to blossom.

This course is part of the Bagri Foundation Open Programme at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts which aims to develop Asian arts courses at The School.

Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh

Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh is an Iranian artist based in London. Her work explores the disciplines of Persian poetry manuscripts, sacred geometry and Persian miniatures. She has worked both as an academic and an artist in Iran, America and Europe. She graduated with distinction from The Prince's School's MA programme in 2011 and was awarded the Jerwood prize for Islamic traditional art.

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