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Behind Closed Curtains – Interior Design in Iran

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For those who got inspired by Justina Blakeney’s The New Bohemians and traveled with TASCHEN through the world’s best homes comes here something unseen. Peek inside the houses of artists, entrepreneurs, and architects in barely known and mysterious Iran.

With vibrant pictures, Behind Closed Curtains: Interior Design in Iran opens the doors to 16 homes all over the country and shows what makes Iranian design and architecture so unique. Along the 304 pages, readers get to know the country, people, and stories behind the often closed curtains.

Iran has one of the longest urban design history dating back more than 4,000 years. Persian builders and architects were employed for the construction of Babylon and the Taj Mahal. Today, this legacy can been seen in a new wave of Persian interior design.

No matter if a designer is looking for inspiration or a traveler planning a trip to Iran, this book is the perfect introduction.

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  • “Behind Closed Curtains offers a rare, unprecedented view into the soul of contemporary Iran. Not just for the coffee table—it is a book you can actually learn from.”

    Florian Siebeck
    Florian SiebeckF.A.Z.
  • “A beautiful and original book. A different perspective on Iran. Interior design is not often associated with a country tarnished by its recent political history. However, through the pages of Behind Closed Curtains one discovers an often forgotten tradition of beauty and, most interestingly, the foreign influences from the East to the West that have enriched it, in spite of a supposed isolation. The book is not a catalogue but an invitation not only to visit Iran but to live it.”

    Angeles Espinosa
    Angeles EspinosaEl País, lived in Iran from 2006 to 2011
  • “In a country where public life is most vividly played out in the home, this beautiful book provides a fascinating window into the values, hopes and dreams of modern Iran.”

    Oliver Wainwright
    Oliver WainwrightThe Guardian

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    Worldwide free shipping "In a country where public life is most vividly played out in the home, this beautiful book provides a fascinating window into the values, hopes, and dreams of modern Iran."Oliver Wainwright // The Guardian 
    • A visual journey through Iran's architecture and design
    • 16 private homes
    • Special topics: Tiles and Persian Carpets
    • 3 DIY tutorials


My name is Lena Späth and I am a first-time author and publisher. I was born in Munich, Germany and lived in Spain, Turkey, and Iran. With an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from LMU Munich I worked for consulting, recruiting, and Internet companies and analyzed the presidential elections in Iran, Google’s advance into the television sector or the latest trends in bohemian interior design. A life without traveling is not possible for me; my dream is to cross Africa from north to south by car. Still, Iran remains my greatest love.

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