About UK 2 Persia

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Briefly about the services and customers of the travel agency UK 2 Persia


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UK 2 Persia

UK2Persia is a family run business with over 25 years experience in culture and tourism.

With headquarters in London and the cultural capital of Iran, the city of Shiraz, UK2Persia is perfectly positioned to facilitate cultural exchange between the UK and Iran.

UK2Persia currently offers cultural and historical tours to Iran as well as specialising in the international distribution of Persian handcrafts and artwork.

Our most popular product ranges includes handmade and hand painted marble trinket boxes in the historic Persian miniature art style as well as hand stitched leather kilim bags and purses produced by the nomadic Kashkuli tribe of Southern Iran.

Our Workshop

Our workshop is situated in the city of Isfahan in the Fars province of Iran. Here, raw surplus marble is transformed into beautiful hand painted trinket boxes.

The marble is sanded down to 3mm thickness by an innovative new machine powered saw designed specifically for this purpose. We have a range of 7 different marble products with 4000 different available designs. 75 artists are employed to delicately hand paint each unique design. In total, 100 people are employed to bring these creations to life producing 7000 products a year with ongoing expansion.

Paintings are done in the 13th century miniature style dating back to the 13th century receiving Chinese influence after the Mongol conquests. The tradition reached the height of its popularity in the 15th and 16th century, and continues amongst select artists in Iran today.

Works commonly depict figures in large numbers as well as the parallel style of non-figurative ornamental decoration. In the past, miniature paintings would’ve been done on paper and kept as part of a private album known as a “muraqqa”.

Our unique trinket boxes allow a shoppers to capture a piece of historic Persian art forever in their homes.

Kashkuli Products

The Qashqai is a conglomeration of clans in Iran consisting mostly of Turkic peoples but also Lurs, Kurds and Arabs. The Qashqai live mainly in the provinces of Southern Iran and were originally nomadic pastoralists, and some remain so today. The Qashqai are made up of five major tribes: the Amaleh, Darreh-Shurri, Kashkuli, Sheshbolouki and Farsimadan.

Our products are handmade by the Kashkuli clan of the Qashqai tribe, the most popular of which are our Kilim bags. Kilim is a flat tapestry woven carpet or rugs. Our nomads in collaboration with our workshop in Isfahan weave the kilim rugs, which are then bound by cow's leather and hand-stitched into a bag or purse in Isfahan.

Story Behind the Design

This design depicts the story of Layla and Majnun, described by Lord Byron as the Romeo and Juliet of the East. Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi first popularised the Arabic story in the 12th story in the form of a narrative poem.

Layla and Majnun fall in love with one another in their youth. Majnun is so enthralled by her he begins composing poetry about his love, muttering her name everywhere he goes. As a result his tribes people label him as mentally unbalanced. As they grow old enough to marry Layla’s father forbids their union on the basis of Majnun’s insanity.

The design shows Majnun pleading with Layla’s father sat beside her to allow them to be with one another. In the end, Layla is married off to a wealthy merchant and Majnun roams the wilderness lamenting over his lost love where he eventually dies.

Our range of geometric designs date back to the 9th century where this form of Islamic art came into popularity. Patterns are built upon combinations of repeated squares or circles which may be overlapped and interlaced with arabesques to form a wide variety of complex tessellations. These designs swept across Persia over the next few centuries with the most intricate and complex designs being seen on the mosques across the empire.

The circle is the centre point at which all Islamic patterns begin as a symbol of a religion that emphasises One God and the role of Mecca, which is the centre of Islam towards which all Muslims face in their five daily prayers. These designs point to the diversity and complexity of nature and the universe which God has created and his eternity.

Why Iran?

People choose every trip destination for a reason such as glorious landmarks, spectacular nature, special culture, and etc. Iran has them all! The country has various landmarks and natural wonders due to its history and geographical status. So it has something to offer for almost everyone, no matter who they are and what they like. Moreover, Iranian people have a high sense of hospitality, especially in the borderline cities and villages.

History

Iran is home to one of the oldest civilizations on Earth, where turquoise-domed mosques, glittering palaces, and the tombs of long gone poets reveal the mysteries and intrigues of the ancients. Yet beneath the footprints of man lies an even lesser known, wilder Iran, brimming with remarkable geologic formations, ancient forests, and overgrown monuments that nature has reclaimed as its own.

Geography

Iran consists of the Iranian Plateau, with the exception of the coasts of the Caspian Sea and Khuzestan. It is one of the world's most mountainous countries, its landscape dominated by rugged mountain ranges that separate various basins or plateaux from one another. The populous western part is the most mountainous, with ranges such as the Caucasus, Zagros, and Alborz, the last containing Mount Damavand, Iran's highest point at 5,610 m (18,406 ft), which is also the highest mountain on the Eurasian landmass west of the Hindu Kush.

The northern part of Iran is covered by the lush lowland Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forests, located near the southern shores of the Caspian Sea. The eastern part consists mostly of desert basins, such as the Kavir Desert, which is the country's largest desert, and the Lut Desert, as well as some salt lakes.

The only large plains are found along the coast of the Caspian Sea and at the northern end of the Persian Gulf, where the country borders the mouth of the Arvand river. Smaller, discontinuous plains are found along the remaining coast of the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Gulf of Oman.

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Mount Damavand, Iran's highest point, is located in Amol, Mazenderan.

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