It has been a week since ZAMIN went live. It has been an exciting journey so far. Every week, we will post a blog about topics such as introducing an Iranian artist, Iranian art, Iranian food, new arrivals in our web shop and everything else that has an Iranian touch to it. Our first artist whom we would like to introduce to you is Saeedeh Razavi. For the very first time, she will introduce her wooden tray collection in the Netherlands. We’re extremely pleased to have her products on our website and to offer her a platform in the Dutch market.
Saeedeh got inspired by Iranian artwork
Saeedeh graduated from Tehran Art & Architecture University where she got her bachelor degree in graphic design. Her interest in art goes back to her childhood, as her father is also a professional painter as well. He believes that his daughter has inherited her artistic soul from him as Saeedeh was always amused by her father’s paintings. One day she started as well, creating her own collection of crafts, which is inspired by Iranian artwork. One of her famous crafts is making wooden trays, on which she applies a unique technique to make these trays colorful and waterproof.
In Iran we use these trays to serve our tea
Writing this blog reminds me how we drink tea in Iran. In my country, people serve tea and other drinks to their guests with a tray. Actually serving drinks without using a tray could be inappropriate even when you have only one guest. Iranian people are big fan of drinking black tea. In Iranian houses, you can always find fresh tea that is ready to drink. Every morning, in houses all over Iran, a gas burner flickers to life under a kettle and will continue to boil all day. It boils through morning prayers, lunches of rice and kebabs, afternoon conversations, late into the evening meals and keeps on boiling well into the night during chats about politics, gossip and news. So having a tray in Iranian houses is an essential tableware. We also use it for serving food or during the ceremonies, which I will talk about later.
Add a Persian touch to Dutch tea
When I moved to the Netherlands, I got to know more about how you use trays like these. Dutch people also use tray for serving but when you have many guests and its hard to serve one by one. Next to serving your drinks or food, it is also an important decoration for Dutch people. In that sense, and given the fact that Saeedeh’s trays are so colourful and unique, we believe that Saeedeh’s trays bring an Iranian touch and color to your home.
The wooden trays are handmade, made of real wood and decorated with a special technique, which makes them waterproof. All the designs are inspired from Persian tiles or handwritings. You can really feel the love and dedication that has been put in this collection!
Saeedeh has more designs for each season. One of her goals is to share her handcrafts with everyone else in the world so as many people as possible can experience Persian art. We can’t wait to share them with you!
Have a look at Saeedeh’s artworks via the link below: