The ritual dance of the Sufi sect, a mystical branch of Islam, was created in Konya 700 years ago by the Persian poet Rumi. Practitioners, dubbed "whirling dervishes" by early European travellers, believe the act of repeatedly spinning allows them to forget their earthly body and move closer to God. "Dervish" is an adaptation of darwish, the Arabic word for Sufi.

Rumi, Calligraphy is an ancient art of handwriting for which people took much pride in creating. This specific picture of a dancing man in traditional middle eastern garment consists of arab calligraphy.

The tomb of Xerxes I at Naqsh-e Rustam archeological site, Fars, Iran (by kamshots).

The Tomb of Darius the Great (c BC), north of the ancient Persian capital city of Persepolis, in the Fars province of modern Iran. by kamshots - Tumba de Darío el Grande - Irán

Esfahan, Iran

Si-o-Se Pol, bridge of 33 arches, over the Zayandeh River, Isfahan, Iran one of the most famous bridges of the Safavid Dynasty

Iran

Arg-e Bam was the largest adobe building in the world, located in Bam, a city in the Kermān Province of southeastern Iran. The entire building was a large fortress dating to at least 500 BC. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mountains of Zanjan, Iran by Taha Tebyani

Mountains of Zanjan, Iran by Taha Tebyani Iran Traveling Center irantravelingcent.

Nusret Colpan was a Turkish painter, architect and miniaturist, renowned for his paintings in Ottoman miniature style depicting cities around the world, particularly Istanbul.

Nusret Colpan, Turkish painter, architect & miniaturist, renowned for his paintings in Ottoman miniature style depicting cities around the world, particularly Istanbul

Beautiful Bam Citadel, Iran

My Country - my history - My Proud Arg-é Bam (Bam Citadel) in Bam - Iran, Built before >> When I first saw this I thought it was a sand castle.

Palace Of Darius I. Persepolis

Palace Of Darius I. Apadana Or Audience Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Everett

♥ Three Qajar underglaze-painted moulded pottery Tiles   Persia, circa 1880.

回 Tile o Phile 回 Three Qajar underglaze-painted moulded pottery Tiles, Persia, circa 1880

Kerman Iran

✯ Kerman, Persia-The history of carpet weaving and textile production in Kerman / Kirman dates back before the city gained its modern name. The earliest carpet artifacts from Kerman / Kirman date back to the but depictions of opulent carpets decora

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