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  • Where be they who abode in Ispahan and the land of Khorasan?

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night 2006

  • The sensual pairing of lychees and roses has met with such approval, it would seem, that Ispahan is trying out new shapes and forms, in a bid to tantalize the public anew.

    Archive 2005-02-01 2005

  • That of Sheeraz has, of course, a wide reputation, and the wine of Ispahan is thought not much inferior.

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia 1856

  • In the present day it would be difficult for a numerous party of Englishmen to find subsistence in Ispahan, much less live there in splendour.

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia 1856

  • Ispahan is beginning to recover from the deep ruin into which it had fallen.

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia 1856

  • The Shah did not arrive in Ispahan until two weeks after we reached it.

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia 1856

  • Ispahan is the land of promise for pigeons; they swarm like locusts, and not only are never eaten, but are highly cherished and thrive accordingly.

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia 1856

  • Very quickly, for anyone who -- gasp -- doesn't know about Hermé's popular creation, Ispahan is a city in Iran, but it's also the name of this rose, and I am assuming it was the latter that Hermé had in his mind when he came up with the Ispahan: Flamingo pink macarons sandwiching rose-infused cream, fresh lychees, and raspberries; a red rose petal set on top; and of course the crowning touch, a glistening glucose dew drop beading on the petal.

    Archive 2005-02-01 2005

  • Ispahan is mine own country and I have there a cousin, the daughter of my father’s brother, whom I loved from my childhood and cherished with fond affection; but a people stronger than we fell upon us in foray and taking me among other booty, cut off my yard58 and sold me for a castrato, whilst I was yet a lad; and this is how I came to be in such case. —

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night 2006

  • Ispahan is twenty-four days’ journey from Tauris, and Casbin half way between, them (Voyages de

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 1206


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  • Sing the gardens, my heart, that you do not know; like gardens

    poured in glass, clear, unattainable.

    Waters and roses of Ispahan or of Shiraz,

    blissfully sing them, praise them, comparable to none


    From the Sonnets to Orpheus by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by M.D. Herter Norton.

    There's a part in there about weaving, too:

    Avoid the error of thinking something is missed

    for the resolve once taken, this: to be!

    Silken thread, you became part of the weaving.

    Whichever the picture you are inherently one with

    (be it even a moment out of the life of pain),

    feel that the whole, the glorious carpet is meant.

    September 27, 2010

  • A very good friend's mother is a weaver from Isfahan.

    May someday I weave the mosaic roses of the other half) and drink sheer oz!

    March 16, 2011