The Fruit House, a modern home in Gorgan, Iran, owned by Ahmad Aliabadi and his wife, Sara, offers a retreat from the tension of the city. "I come here to escape,” said Mrs. Aliabadi, a therapist. "I wanted this to be another life, more simple than in Tehran."
The house has a skylight in the rear, a common element in Iranian architecture, which often does not have many windows.
The two bedrooms face out into a very small rear garden. The master bedroom, left, is decorated with only a rug; at night, the Aliabadis bring out a thin mattress and cover it with blankets and an embroidered coverlet. In their son's bedroom, right, there is a low table, where the Aliabadis play cards.
In Iran, many designs include a water element. Mr. Aliabadi in the garden area next to the family's own water feature, a shallow pool made of yellow tile
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