Melika M. Tehrani, Michelle Duffy


This article explores the ways in which home is understood, felt and experienced through our sensual experiences, more specifically the ways in which a guest is made to feel at home through the cultural and social practices of a traditional Iranian household. Our particular focus is the traditional residential architecture of Iranian homes built prior to the Pahlavi era (i.e. 1925-1979). These traditional houses were designed, maintained and inhabited in a way that sought to maintain a pleasurable relationship between the home and its inhabitants, that is, a relationship that fed and nourished all five senses. We draw on a phenomenological approach as a means to recreate this historic period so as to explore the significance of the body and its sensual encounters with place, providing a detailed examination of home- making and notions of hospitality and how architecture, culture, senses and hospitality are brought together.



Culture, Domestic interiors, Experiential, Home-making, Hospitality, Iranian architecture, Senses, Traditional houses.

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