Minakari: 5,000 Years of Heavenly Persian Handicraft

25.01.21 /

Walking the streets of Isfahan in central #Iran, it’s difficult not to be drawn to the stores selling #Minakari handicrafts — and for good reasons. Roughly translated, Minakari means “to put paradise onto an object” and truly, these pieces are nothing less than heavenly! Dating back to the Sassanid era more than 5,000 years ago, it’s an ancient and beloved art form that encapsulates the rich, colourful and vibrant heritage of #Persian craftsmanship and it still resonates until today. Intricate patterns of florals, waves and scrolls are delicately hand painted on plates and vases and even on doors and chandeliers found in places of worship. Such beauty can only be born out of love and it’s what allowed Minakari to transcend time.

Parya Zaghand

While I think of myself as an Aussie, I’m also proud as punch of my Iranian heritage. So much so, in 2013, I created a business built around the mouth-watering delicacies of Persia; bringing you flavours of the real Iran. I wanted to create a space at the table for the golden-petaled spice: Persian Saffron.