For most Americans, Iran is like a foreign country. Wait, it IS a foreign country! But sadly, one that many are unlikely to visit due to restrictions on travel, restrictions on women, and the small (but scary) possibility you could be arrested as a spy. Not to worry — these photographs by Mohammad Domiri will give you a glimpse of the sparkling beauty of Iran’s Islamic art and architecture.
In accordance with Islamic teachings, Islamic art generally does not include images of people, animals, or any divine being. Instead, over the centuries Islamic artists have become masters of intricate abstract designs. And honestly, the beauty of these places makes us wonder why we ever use figures at all!