'The scope of the coverage, both artistic and historic, is massive...the texts informed and yet accessible.' The Spectator The Splendour of Iran provides an unprecedented insight into the traditions and contemporary life of one of the world's most enduring civilisations. As the first comprehensive study on Persian culture since the 1930s, it is the result of a unique 5 year collaboration, combining Iranian scholarship, insight and photographic access with international design and publishing, under General Editor Dr Nasrollah Pourjavady. Vibrant, specially commissioned colour photographs - from the Pazyryk Carpet and Cup of Solomon to the magnificent Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque -reveal all aspects of the country's cultural past and present. This major three-volume publication shows how ancient traditions still affect the life and customs of present-day Iran in almost every sphere of human activity: in sculpture, painting, tilework, jewellery, carpet-making, gardening, architecture and engineering, science and medicine, philosophy and folklore, and in the enduring importance of poetry. An invaluable source of reference for the specialist and a highly-prized addition to the general reader's bookshelf, The Splendour of Iran offers an unrivalled sense of the country, its art and its people. Designed by Pentagram.