Document Type


Date of Degree

Fall 2015

Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Degree In


First Advisor

Monica Correia

First Committee Member

Steve McGuire

Second Committee Member

Kee-ho Yuen

Third Committee Member

Daniel Miller


Since the beginning of humankind, architecture has been a sacred source for all civilizations, and that has provided a gateway for man to reach the heavens above. In terms of concept and value, Persian art and architecture is considered as a rich source to be acknowledged. Within Persian architecture, the emphasis was placed strongly on beauty and sacred geometry; Persians calculated the proportions of heaven reflected upon them in the dimensions of buildings on the earth.

Iranian culture has utilized the written word as an art form; this goes beyond normal means of communication. Iranian calligraphers produced eloquent styles and patterns through their divine talent, and this was displayed in the architecture. Parviz Tanavoli, as the greatest contemporary artist of Iran, has a strong tendency to be attracted to words and letters which has a long history in Iranian culture.

Experimenting through aspects of cultural interaction in fine and applied arts has led to the understanding that when aesthetic elements of cultures are used to create a new design, it leads to both a new aesthetic creation and a fresh understanding of the cultures involved. This collection was designed and manufactured by concentrating on organic and curved forms and utilizing them in the design practice, while having a touch on cultural elements such as patterns and alphabets. The curved abstract shapes create a conceptual harmony, depicted in Persian patterns via functional three dimensional pieces.

Public Abstract

Since Persian cultural civilization has such a prolonged history, dated back to 5000 B.C., it is considered to be a very rich source of inspiration for art and architecture enthusiasts to explore and benefit from within their own works. Within Persian architecture, a profound emphasis is placed on beauty and sacredness to create a visual representation of heaven on Earth. Along with that, the divine talent of Iranian calligraphers shone through in their unique styles and patterns.

As a Middle Easterner who is familiar with and experienced through the realms of Persian ideology, it was a great feeling of satisfaction to bring that eastern world’s features into practice within the western world. The designing and manufacturing of these collections within this thesis was derived from the most notable patterns and basic elements of Persian architecture and calligraphy. The design purpose was to elaborate on the aforementioned components to create aesthetically pleasing functional products.


publicabstract, Calligraphy, Chair, Curve, Functional, Iranian, Persian


viii, 22 pages


Includes bibliographical references (page 22).


Copyright 2015 Sogol Rashti

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