26 January 2010

"Therewith fantastic garlands did she make/ Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples"

It's said that Oriental rugs are representations of gardens ferociously blooming, a verdant mirage laid flat and low amongst the unfurling dunes. The Bahârestân carpet was woven by the Zoroastrians of Ērānshahr, an image of Paradise's Garden, laid with precious stones and silver and gold threads. The Sassanian (Ērānshahr) Empire was stormed in the year 637 and the carpet was cut into pieces and distributed amongst the vanquishers as souvenirs of their triumph.

1 comment:

HollyG said...

Ophelia. I love it.