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11/27/06

Narestan: Pomegranate Garden

By Jacqueline Mirsadeghi

 

The book “Narestan” is a journey through the seasons of the pomegranate trees, in the context of Saveh’s architecture and surrounding nature. I have lived for 10 years in a pomegranate garden there, discovering year after year the amazing nature of this fruit so dear to Iranians, living each season with wonder, admiring every change the pomegranate trees were going through, picking them, sorting them, storing them and of course using them in many different ways.

 

 

I found it also important to show the historical and geographical context of the fruit, the similarities between the architectural and art elements with nature and the different stages of the pomegranates. This photographic record stretches over 10 years.

 

 

When doing research on the pomegranate, I discovered that it is one of the oldest fruits known to man… this fact, and the pomegranate’s curative properties utterly amazed me, pushing me to find more and more facts and knowledge about that wonderful fruit, and still today, I keep on finding new information, especially in respect with the medical field. In the book, my findings were divided up in short chapters as follows:  Saveh, Fruit of paradise, History, Medicine, Religion, Art, Literature, Mythology and folklore.

 

 

Since this book on pomegranates has a limited amount of text, being first of all a photo book in which the reader discovers the different stages and seasons of the pomegranate trees through images, it was possible to present the information in several languages (Farsi, English, French and German), also opening the possibilities to present Narestan in several European countries.

 

 

So far, I haven’t yet found a book in Iran, Europe or the US solely about pomegranates (a part from a very nice recipe book on pomegranates), a fruit that is being discovered and appreciated more and more in the European countries since a few years.

 

Narestan is in essence my photographic story about 10 wonderful years spent in a piece of paradise…

 

 

 

A little personal history about why I ended up in a Narestan

In the first years my husband and I and our 2 very young children had moved to Iran, we met, through a common friend, another mixed couple like ourselves; Isa is Swiss also, grew up in the same small town as I, also has exactly my age – but since we didn’t attend the same high school there we didn’t know each other in Switzerland! Ali, her husband, had taken over the family pomegranate gardens, some 40 hectares outside of Saveh, and they had moved there a year or so before our arrival in Iran. We were getting along very well, visiting them often, grateful for their friendship and slowly falling in love with these amazing gardens poised like a jewel in the middle of the arid desert. My husband even took up a part time teaching job at the local, newly established free university. Sensing that we were more than ready to move away from busy and polluted Tehran, they proposed to sell us a small piece of pomegranate garden, on which we built a traditional style house…my passion for the traditional houses in Kashan was turned into a real life experience…amidst the most wonderful pomegranate gardens of Saveh!

 

This really deserved to become a book!

 

 

 

Biography Jacqueline Mirsadeghi

 

Born in 1962 in Izmir, Turkey, of French father and Dutch-German mother, grew up in Switzerland, married an Iranian in 1983. Lived in Iran for 14 years.

Studies:

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA:

-photojournalism, photo-editing, documentary photography, artistic and creative photography; graphic design, typography.

Diplomas:

-Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, 1982

-Master of Arts in Journalism, 1983

Activities:

Individual and group exhibitions in Switzerland, France and Iran; articles and portfolios in magazines in Switzerland, Germany, USA and Iran; photos published in the Iran guide of Olizane publications, Geneva and the Iran guide of Odyssey publications, Hong-Kong.

Currently working on the renovation and preservation of traditional houses in Kashan (Iran) and themes in Islamic and traditional architecture.

 

 

How to order the book: Pomegranate Garden (Narestan) can be ordered online at:

http://www.pomegranate-garden.com

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