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Persian Garden: A symbol of Iranian Art and Architecture

Persian garden refers to its unique structure and design which represents the integration between human and nature.

Persian gardens may originate as early as 4000 BCE. Decorated pottery of that time displays the typical cross plan of the Persian garden. The outline of the Pasargad Garden, built around 500 BCE, is viewable today.

Eram Garden is a historic Persian garden in Shiraz, Iran

Eram Garden is a historic Persian garden in Shiraz, Iran

During the reign of the Sassanian (third to seventh century CE), and under the influence of Zoroastrianism, water in art grew increasingly important. This trend manifested itself in garden design, with greater emphasis on fountains and ponds in gardens.

During the Arab occupation, the aesthetic aspect of the garden increased in importance, overtaking utility. During this time, aesthetic rules that govern the garden grew in importance.

Arg of Karim Khan and it's Garden

Arg of Karim Khan and it's Garden, Shiraz

An example of this is the Chahar Baghi, a form of garden that attempts to emulate Eden, with four rivers and four quadrants that represent the world. The design sometimes extends one axis longer than the cross-axis, and may feature water channels that run through each of the four gardens and connect to a central pool.

Chehel Sotoun Garden, Isfahan, Iran

Chehel Sotoun Garden, Isfahan, Iran

The invasion of Persia by the Mongols in the thirteenth century led to a new emphasis on highly ornate structure in the garden.

The Mongol empire then carried a Persian garden tradition to other parts of their empire (notably India). Babur introduced the Persian garden to India. The now unkempt Aram Bagh garden in Agra was the first of many Persian gardens he created.

Tomb of Saadi or Saadiyeh, and the Garden Around the Tomb

Tomb of Saadi or Saadiyeh, and the Garden Around the Tomb, Shiraz

The Taj Mahal embodies the Persian concept of an ideal, paradise-like garden.

The Safavid Dynasty (seventeenth to eighteenth century) built and developed grand and epic layouts that went beyond a simple extension to a palace and became an integral aesthetic and functional part of it.

In the following centuries, European garden design began to influence Persia, particularly the designs of France, and secondarily that of Russia and the United Kingdom.

Qavam House is a traditional and historical house in Shiraz, Iran.

Qavam House is a traditional and historical house in Shiraz, Iran.

Western influences led to changes in the use of water and the species used in bedding. Traditional forms and style are still applied in modem Iranian gardens. They also appear in historic sites, museums and affixed to the houses of the rich.

Elements of Persian garden

Sunlight and its effects were an important factor of structural design in Persian gardens.

Textures and shapes were specifically chosen by architects to harness the light. Iran's dry heat makes shade important in gardens, which would be nearly unusable without it.

Trees and trellises largely feature as biotic shade; pavilions and walls are also structurally prominent in blocking the sun.

The heat also makes water important, both in the design and maintenance of the garden. Irrigation may be required, and may be provided via a form of underground tunnel called a Qanat, that transports water from a local aquifer.

Delgosha Garden is one of the historical gardens in Shiraz, Iran near Tomb of Sa’di and it belongs to the pre-Islamic era of the Sassanian Empire.

Delgosha Garden is one of the historical gardens in Shiraz, Iran near Tomb of Sa’di and it belongs to the pre-Islamic era of the Sassanian Empire.

Well-like structures then connect to the Qanat, enabling the drawing of water.

Alternatively, an animal-driven Persian well would draw water to the surface. Such wheel systems also moved water around surface water systems, such as those in the Chahar Baghi style.

Fin Garden, Kashan, Iran

Fin Garden, Kashan, Iran, Photo by Philipp Bock 

Trees were often planted in a ditch called a Jouy, which prevented water evaporation and allowed the water quick access to the tree roots.

The Persian style often attempts to integrate indoors with outdoors through the connection of a surrounding garden with an inner courtyard.

Designers often place architectural elements such as vaulted arches between the outer and interior areas to open up the divide between them.

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