One of the most important elements of Iranian art and culture are Persian carpets. They are all hand-made with traditional techniques and natural materials. There are over 25 000 kinds of them and they require precise plan of the illustrations and motifs.
Illustrations in other fairy tale books are almost always showing people and animals in realistic situations. I think that kind of illustrations, realistic ones, are taking away readers' imagination and ability to imagine characters themselves. They also distract attention from the right and metaphoric message that fairy tales are usually sending.
Persian fairy tales are much more cruel and rougher than ones that we are all familiar with. Therefore, figurative illustrations would be more than inappropriate. This is where my idea starts, where I decided to make illustrations for this book based on the most important part of Iranian culture - carpets.
Each illustration is divided in three most important parts of each fairy tale. Every carpet is also consisted of three main parts - central medallion, corners and edges. The first and most important motif is the central medallion of a carpet, second one is in the corners, and the third one is on the widest edge.
My goal was to create illustrations that would just emphasize the story and to make it more clear, and also to stimulate curiosity and knowledge about that beautiful culture.