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A brief history of paisley

Paisley has a legacy in Iran. This sample is believed to date from somewhere between 1800-1899 and has been traced back to the Masjid-e Nasir-ol-Molk mosque in Shiraz.

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Tile detail of Iranian Mosque, Dubai, United Arab Emirates by Phil Weymouth; I was told that Islam prohibits the representation of nature, hence the abstracts - not really flowers or leaves but overall that's the impression. Intricate and mesmerizing.

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The Rise of Mideast Contemporary Art

‘The Loss of Our Identity #6,’ 2007 by Iranian artist Sadegh Tirafkan. Picture #2 at link.

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Qashqa'i, dated 1327 A.H./1909 (210 x 98 cm) The tree of life is an ancient motif of Iranian art with a history stretching back to prehistorical times. It was especially popular with the Sasanids and may be seen on many of their articles and fabrics. The placement of a lion beneath the Tree of Life is also fairly often encountered in Sasanid art. In this rug a lion or camel is placed in the shade of each branch.

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Shirin Neshat, Unveiling, 1993, from the series Women of Allah. Gelatin silver print and ink, 59 3/4 × 39 3/4 in. (151.8 × 101 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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from presstv.ir

US police punching black woman: Video

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