SOFREHS CREATED AFTER THE PUBLICATION OF THE BOOK
New Ideas for the Wedding Season, 2019
The wedding season is upon us. A selection of new design ideas for the marriage sofreh (sofreh-ye aqd) have been added to this page. Here are two introductory images of decorated miniature sugar lumps (kalleh qand), presented on two different antique Persian textiles. Sugar lumps reflect an aspiration for a sweet and harmonious married life.
This refreshing and compact sofreh features an antique silver container of bright orange Pom Pom ranunculi, a pair of candles and two birds, representing the couple. An antique Indian textile, embroidered with gold-wrapped thread and iridescent wing-cases of jewel beetles, is draped around these symbolic elements of the marriage sofreh. For more information about this type of textile, visit https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/indian-embroidery.
This soft marriage sofreh (sofreh-ye aqd), arranged on a draped antique Persian textile, showcases some of the symbolic elements of the sofreh including a mirror, candelabra, a bowl made of crystal sugar (kaseh nabat), a pair of decorated miniature sugar lumps (kalleh qand), embellished eggs and walnuts, a pair of antique, ruby red rosewater bottles and a delightful bouquet of Pom Pom ranunculi.
Blue, Gold & Silver
This delightful composition, arranged on and in front of an antique Persian brocade, features a silver container of roses, arranged around a blue ornament, a pair of candleholders, gold-rimmed tumblers showcasing crystal sugar, as well as bottles of rosewater that are displayed horizontally, and a pair of birds—some of the symbolic elements of the marriage sofreh.
Radiant Ranunculi & Termeh
This sofreh, arranged on an elaborately embroidered antique Persian textile known as termeh, showcases a silver container of dazzling Pom Pom ranunculi, a pair of candleholders, decorated eggs, crystal sugar in the form of an apple, sugared almonds speckled with gilded coins, and a delicate mirrored antique rosewater jug—some of the symbolic elements of the marriage sofreh.
The Mehregan customs have evolved over the years, and while there are celebrations, people do not spread a sofreh. However, a sofreh was apparently part of the celebrations in the past.
Shab-e Yalda, Winter Solstice
Nowruz Versus Christmas
December, 2018. This unconventional and original outdoor sofreh is inspired by the symbolic elements of sofreh-ye Nowruz (haft sinn) such as germinated wheat (sabzeh), spring flowers (hyacinths and tulips), apples and pomegranates, as well as Christmas ornaments such as pine cones, nuts, and holly and pine sprigs.
The first two images present the overall composition in two different lights — before and after sunset — which demonstrate a fascinating contrast.