This original award-winning sectional dining table set, “Birth Table”, by the Turkish designer Aziz Sanyer, was featured in SOFREH, showcasing a simple, yet creative sofreh for the celebrations of Nowruz (sofreh-ye haft sinn). To celebrate Nowruz in March 2022, this innovative dining table set has formed the foundation for another original sofreh creation. The elements of this versatile set are arranged in a different fashion, and the ensemble of this sofreh is surrounded with lengths of opulently ruched ivory silk.
Both the surfaces of the table and some chairs showcase the symbolic elements of the sofreh-ye haft sinn, e.g. a mirror, candelabra, the Qur’an, germinated wheat (sabzeh), hyacinths (sonbol), apples (sib), garlic (sir), vinegar (serkeh), sumac (somaq) and gilded coins (sekkeh). This delightful sofreh is embellished with lengths of fine antique Persian textile (termeh), with elaborate embroideries and borders.
The focus of this image is the fresh bulbs of garlic (sir), placed in an antique silver-plated basket and senjed (jujube fruit, sometimes translated as Russian olive), presented in a Persian silver vessel with an attractive bell-shaped lid. Senjed is a symbol of love and rebirth, and sir is believed to have medicinal and evil-averting powers. This section is embellished with sprigs and leaves of trailing ivy.
This image focuses on the tastefully decorated eggs cascading out of an antique silver-plated container and presented on an antique incised mirror, together with a cluster of gilded coins. Sprigs and leaves of ivy, as well as their reflections, enhance the beauty of this section. Eggs symbolize fertility, and the mirror light and reflection, while gilded coins represent wealth and prosperity. A delicate tray of Persian sweets is also on view.