Monday, July 6, 2009

Andy's Security Travelogue - The Persian Carpet Shop

"Walking In Alexander's Footsteps" described a fascinating trip to Persepolis in Iran when our Technical Director Andy Moon was in the country on business. Perimeter security takes our company's key 'boffin' to many places! The history and atmosphere of the place left its mark and Andy's keen eye for photography helped to convey that to the rest of us when he returned. The photograph of Persepolis in the afore-mentioned post is one of many that he took and today we are going to share some more with you.

The culture and scenery in Iran is something special and this first photograph is of what we would most readily refer to as a "Persian carpet shop" in Tehran. Look closely and you will see a host of beautifully handmade items, not just carpets .... jackets, other clothing, table linen and bags.

The photograph evokes a timeless atmosphere and according to Andy it was difficult to resist buying lots of what was on show!

Whilst he was there, Andy learned that the shop owner had originally lived in Tabriz in Northern Iran - deemed as the 'home' of Persian carpet making. Years before, he had decided to travel the long distance down to Tehran to try and sell just one carpet. He sold it, returned to Tabriz for 2 more carpets, returned to Tehran, sold those and so it went on - until he realised that having his own shop in Tehran would be the best way to run his business!

The second photograph in this post is of the mausoleum of the celebrated Iranian poet Saadi, born in Shiraz and whose life straddled the 12th and 13th centuries.

Andy took the photograph at sunset hence the lighting and said it was one of the most beautiful buildings in Shiraz. A timely coincidence is that only a few months ago in March 2009, US President Barack Obama quoted an extract from one of Saadi's writings as part of a New year greeting to the people of Iran. The President said:

"There are those who insist that we be defined by our differences ... but let us remember the words that were written by the poet Saadi, so many years ago: 'The children of Adam are limbs to each other, having been created of one essence' ...."

Powerful and emotive words written centuries ago by a clearly great writer.

We all love to see these pictures whenever Andy returns from a trip because providing perimeter security systems is a serious business involving close liaison with people in positions of responsibility and we feel it helps if we can understand more of their background and culture. We knew little of Iranian culture before Andy started his 'travelogue' and thanks to our Perimeter Security Blog we have a great catalyst for him to continue!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Walking In Alexander's Footsteps

Making site visits is part and parcel of our perimeter security business. Our Technical Director Andy Moon makes many such visits both prior to and after installation of our security systems and because we supply clients in a wide range countries, he travels extensively overseas. When he returns he usually has a host of photographs he's taken and in amongst the ones of technical interest we usually find a batch of wonderful shots relating to the country's scenery and local culture.

The success of our perimeter security blog and the interest shown from readers all over the world prompted us to ask Andy if he would consider sharing some of these wonderful photographs via the blog - and he has agreed. So here is the first one.

A trip to Iran to check on the progress of a installation for a client offered the opportunity of travelling into the south of the country and, more specifically, to Persepolis where Andy took time out to visit the ruins of the Palace of Xerxes. According to history, it was damaged and virtually destroyed by soldiers of Alexander The Great in 330 AD. Having reach Persepolis (the capital of the Achaemenid Empire at the time), Alexander made the decision that as he was not yet established as the country's ruler he could not risk leaving treasures behind that could be recaptured by his enemies. It is believed by some people that the Palace of Xerxes was targeted for such severe damage because Alexander's soldiers had not forgotten the destruction of Athens in 480 BC so wanted to reek revenge.

Photograph of Persepolis taken by Andy Moon

Despite the severe damage, the palace ruins as they can be seen today are nevertheless magnificent and testimony to the culture and engineering prowess of the people of that time.

We will bring you more photographs and stories from Andy's visit to Persepolis later on in our serious of blog posts. So please bookmark and revisit soon!

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