Lisa Golombek, Robert B. Mason. The Garden of the Pavailion of the Stables, Isfahan
The globalization of maritime trade in the 17th century brought ‘the Orient’ closer to Europe via both official exchanges and private individuals. Europeans were particularly attracted to the splendours of the Safavid capital Isfahan (in central Iran). Of especial interest is the Talar-i Tavileh, or Pavilion of the Stables, set within a garden. This article discusses the pictorial tiles said to be from this site, which was destroyed in 1901, and the original cycle of pictorial arches, with a view to understanding what this garden meant to the Shah who commissioned them.