Persian Architecture is made up of eight traditional forms which taken together form the foundation on
which it was based in the same way that music was once based on a finite number of notes. These are
modulated by the use of colours and textures to leaven the surfaces and are held together in an overall
construction akin to that of a sonata in which connexion leads to culmination through a transition space. To
appreciate the skill of the architects and designers fully, it is necessary to have an appreciation of these
fundamental concepts which are divided below, for convenience, under separate headings, although in the
geometry and architecture of of the buildings they are woven together to present a seamless whole.
Items marked are still under construction
Most of the ideas and information in this section stem from the seminal study of the Sufi Tradition in
Persian Architecture by Nader Ardalan and Laleh Bakhtiar entitled "The
Sense of Unity" and published in 1973 by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago.
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Last Updated: Sunday, 06 October, 1996