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German Author Unveils Book on Iran Interior Design

The book contains vibrant pictures by Hamed Farhangi, which allow readers a glimpse into 16 extraordinary homes belonging to artists, entrepreneurs and architects all over Iran
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German author Lena Spath has captured the beauty, intricacy, and vibrancy of Iranian interior design in her new book ‘Behind Closed Curtains: Interior Design in Iran’.

“I want to challenge the narrative on Iran most media companies follow. This book is my way to bring the country’s history and the stories of its citizens into the homes and hands of more people,” Spath said.

The book contains vibrant pictures by Tehran-based photographer Hamed Farhangi, which allow readers a glimpse into sixteen extraordinary homes belonging to artists, entrepreneurs and architects all over Iran.

Having travelled around the country over the course of a year, Spath has drawn on her extensive knowledge of Persian culture, traditions and handicrafts to create this beautiful book.

Spath has recently returned from her latest trip to Iran. She will present her book at a ceremony on January 17, organized by Iran Heritage Foundation at Asia House, No. 63, New Cavendish Street, London, according to the website of the foundation.

Spath will elaborate on the elements of Persian interior design as well as its future trends.

“Iran has one of the longest urban design history dating back 4,000 years. Persian builders and architects were employed for construction of Babylon and Taj Mahal. The focus of earlier, mostly scholar books has always been on the architecture itself not the decoration, furniture or handicrafts,” Spath said.

Copies of ‘Behind Closed Curtains: Interior Design in Iran’ will be available for purchase at the event. The book offers a rare, unprecedented view into the soul of contemporary Iran.

Spath was born in Munich, Germany, and has a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich. She has lived in Spain, Turkey and Iran, and has worked for consulting, recruiting and internet companies. In 2016 she decided to bring together all her experience to produce a book focusing on Iran.

Iran Heritage Foundation is a non-political UK registered charity with the mission to promote and preserve the history, languages and cultures of Iran. IHF programs include sponsoring teaching posts and fellowships at universities and museums, giving grants for academic research and cultural activities, and organizing regular events and conferences, both in and outside the UK.

 

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