Like the Eivan the Talar stems from Achamaenid origins, although its re-incorporation into the architectural tradition of the country only reappears under the Safavids, and then in secular buildings such as the palace of Chehel Sotoon whose great verandah is pictured above, and the palace of Ali Qapu. Since that period, however, it has continued to play a major role in domestic and secular architecture and is a prominent feature of many Iranian homes today.
The Talar serves to act as a Connection between the house and the garden, as well as to protect those who sit below it from the light and heat of the sun. Thus, whereas the Eivan acts as a representation of divine might, the Talar emphasises divine protection.
Last Updated: November 12, 1998