Private Gardens

It is said that Iranians seldom walk in their gardens which are seen either as a source of food or as a place to view. Traditional gardens are derived from the courtyard and normally contain a central pool or hoz, while the formal style, as shown on the left, is derived from the ubiquitous chahar bagh or fourfold division. Contemporary private gardens have dropped these two concepts and are best epitomised by the bagh or country garden in which flowers and fruit trees form a setting for recreation.
The more traditional the garden the greater the sense of space or makan which it embodies, a sense of separation from the world and privacy.

A traditional chahar bagh design in a private house in Kashan.