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
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
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
This really deserved to become a book!
Biography Jacqueline Mirsadeghi
-photojournalism, photo-editing, documentary photography, artistic and creative photography; graphic design, typography.
-Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, 1982
-Master of Arts in Journalism, 1983
and group exhibitions in
working on the renovation and preservation of traditional houses in Kashan
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