And this tradition of breathtakingly decorated places of worship goes back centuries there. Some of the country’s magnificent-looking mosques – the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in the city of Isfahan, for example – are 400 years old or more, yet are still standing and still inspiring wonder in those who see them.
And striking patterns like these are not just for show, either. Indeed, they also have significant meaning in the context of the mosque itself.
For example, mosques both in Iran and around the world frequently possess grandiose domes – such a feature is known in Arabic as a qubba or qubbat. And while a dome is not a compulsory part of a mosque as defined by Islamic ritual, it nevertheless still has its own religious import.