shah photography

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Tales of Patan | A visual ode to the handwoven textile of Patola made in Patan, Western India

Outfits | Gaurang Shah

Concept and Styling | Who Wore What When

Photography | Karan Nevatia

Models | Naomi Janumala and Poulomi Das

“This is love: to fly toward
a secret sky, to cause a
hundred veils to fall each
moment. First to let go of
life. Finally, to take a step
without feet.” -Rumi

Shrine Shah Rukn-e-Alam.
Multan, Pakistan. (Instagram: aabbiidd)

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“O heart, what a
wonderful bird you are.
Seeking divine heights,
Flapping your wings,
you smashed the pointed
spears of your enemy.” -Rumi

Shah Rukn-e-Alam.
Multan, Pakistan. (Instagram: aabbiidd)

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“There is an Armenian cathedral at Julfa across the river [in Esfahan], which resembles a Mohammadan shrine of the XVIIth century. Inside, the walls are covered with oil paintings in the Italian tradition of that date. Attached to it is a museum, but the treasures are of historic rather than artistic interest.”

- Robert Byron in The Road to Oxiana


More of my photos from Iran. (New) Julfa in Esfahan is a curious place that gives you the feeling of being in a village in the city. Now, of course, the city of Esfahan has swallowed the quarter, but when it was established by Shah Abbas I in 1606, it was deliberately put far from the Islamic shrines around the Naqsh-e Jahan Square.

Like Byron I was struck by the interesting mix of Islamic/Persian art and Christian/European motifs. It’s also interesting to experience the religious and ethnic diversity of Iran that you so rarely read about in mainstream media.