A Persian Odyssey: Trust in God, but tie your camel.*

I haven’t written a post in a little while as I’ve been busy busy busy, so here are some Iranian camels to amuse you for a little while.

We start at he city of the mighty Xerxes, Persepolis.

In the processional frieze around the Apadana, the great reception hall of Persepolis,  one of the Delegates leads a camel,


a rather handsome camel.


And at Naqsh-e Rustam, the site of the tomb of Xerxes, another ‘Delegate’ has brought a camel of his own.

Naqsh-e Rustam

Persia is famous for carpets, and in a carpet shop in Esfahan, camels stalk the rugs.

These ones have crazy knees.

Esfahan carpet1

These ones are bandy.

Esfahan carpet2

At the hotel in the mountain village of Abyaneh. I think that the owner must have been a camel-fan.



Finally, in the lovely city of Yazd, I spotted this frieze painted on the wall of a primary school.

Yazd 1.

And this really is the prettiest, and happiest camel in Iran.

Yazd 2.

*Old Persian proverb


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