Qajar Female Tumblers

Female dancers, sometimes holding knives while performing acrobatics, were the subjects of paintings in Qajar Period. None of these acrobatic performances are documented in the photographs of the era.
May 29, 2013 /
Darakeh, Tehran, June 2012 (13)


Darakeh is a village located north of Tehran, on the outskirts of the Alborz mountains. Many Tehranis start at this village when they go hiking on the weekends.
Apr 25, 2013 /
Paykan Service and Maintenance Manual

Paykan Service and Maintenance Manual

A few pages from the Service and Maintenance Manual of Paykan (Persian: Arrow), which was an automobile produced by the Iranian company Iran Khodro (formerly called "Iran National"). The car was very popular in Iran from the late 1960s to the late 1990s. It is often referred as the Iranian chariot.
Apr 10, 2013 /
Pahlavi hat, new dress code, and "Giveh" (traditional footwear), probably 1927.

Pahlavi Hat and Dress Code for Men

In August 1927 Iranian men were required by law to replace their Iranian-style hats and turbans with a new hat, designed based on the French military kepi, called Pahlavi.
Apr 4, 2013 /
Iranian Graphic Novels

Comic books in Persian

Comic books were not popular in Iran until the 1960s when a children’s magazine, Keyhan Bacheha, began publishing them. Between 1969 to 1977 Universal Publishers, published thirteen books from Tintin series.
Mar 13, 2013 /