Type: Academic
Details: Harvard GSD, Thesis
Date: Fall 2020
Advisor: Jennifer Bonner

The “Persian Carpet” and the “Persian Miniature” painting have served as representation tools for the “Persian Garden” and the idea of paradise in Persian culture since antiquity.  The word “paradise” derives from the Persian word “pari-daeza” meaning walled enclosure.

The garden is always walled and stands in opposition to its landscape. It is experienced as much in terms of what it is not as what it is. This thesis investigates the idea of a contemporary image of paradise in the Iranian imagination by using carpets and miniature paintings as a tool for designing architecture.