Tehran “war rug”



Here is an image with many “war rug” characteristics (the frame of military vehicles, helicopters, jet planes buzzing the mosques) but its primary motif is the monument in Azadi Square in Tehran. The text on the image below is more ambiguous: Hossein Valamanesh thinks it may read “pool of water” (phonetically Hoz Ab) but does not recognise the reference.


The Farsi text on the left of the monument reads “Azardi”, and on the right, “Tehran” and above “Afghanistan Tehran”. “HEB” does not ring any bells…


If this is Azadi Square, then this is its most recent manifestation:


Zooming out to reveal its context:


President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a press conference in front of a very complex image, to say the least. Clearly a monument’s symbolic value can be appropriated by whoever is calling the shots. See its origins below. Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 29-30 April, 2006, p13. “Tehran says it will ignore UN on nuclear program” by William Broad and Elaine Sciolino, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Reuters. Image credit Reuters/Morteza Nikoubazi.


Image courtesy arezoo20.tripod.com/tehran.htm

And from Wikipedia:

Azadi Square (میدانِ آزادی). Called Shahyaad (شاه یاد), (Translation: “Remembrance of the Shahs (Kings)”) Square before the Iranian revolution, is a very famous square in Tehran, the capital of Iran. Currently it is called “Meydane-Azadi” (Translation: “Azadi (Freedom) Square”) in Persian, being the place where demonstrations leading to the Iranian Revolution on 12 December 1978 took place. This building is a symbol of Iran’s pre-Islamic Sassanid architecture, with the combination of a post-Islamic theme. The Shahyad tower was originally built under the rule of the late Shah, and completed in 1971 in commemoration of the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire. The architect of the structure is a Bahai by the name Mohandes Hossein Amanat.


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