Persian studies at UIUC

Architecture and Tile-work:


Persian architecture has a rich history from 5000 BC to the present. Characteristic examples are distributed over a vast area from Turkey to Iraq to Northern India and Tajikistan. Even from the Caucasus to Zanzibar, examples of Persian architecture are evident. Persian buildings vary from peasant huts to tea-houses and garden pavilions to "some of the most majestic structures the world has ever seen.


Iranian architecture generally displays great variety, both structurally and aesthetically. It has developed gradually out of earlier traditions and experiences. Its paramount virtues are several: "a marked feeling for form and scale; structural inventiveness, especially in vault and dome construction; a genius for decoration with a freedom and success not rivaled in any other architecture.”




Traditionally, the guiding formative motif of Iranian architecture has been its cosmic symbolism by which man is brought into communication and participation with the powers of heaven. This theme has not only given unity and continuity to the architecture of Persia, but has been a primary source of its emotional character as well. Below is a link to some Persian architecture:
jameh mosque of isfahan