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Polish Chairs

Posted in Iran, Poland, Things by homeyra on February 4, 2008

polish-chair.jpgSandali-ye Lahestani, or Polish chair, is a well known piece of furniture to Iranians. In cities, it used to be everywhere: in our homes, cafes and other public places.

These wooden chairs have a large variety of shapes and woodwork. In the picture you can see a plain one, a survivor in my own family.

With time Polish chairs have been replaced by newer products and trends but occasionally you see one here and there.

In recent years Polish chairs have gained a nostalgic value – just google صندلي لهستاني and you’ll find poetry, books and stories named after them.

Finally they have become a classic and collectible items, restored and traded for anywhere up to $300 – depending on their shape and quality of woodwork.

This post was inspired by Voytek 🙂

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Relevant links:
sl.jpgPoland-Iran 2007
Polish online translator

Links in Persian:
Two blogs: Polish chair by N & Polish chair by S
A post
A story: Polish chair, by Parsia Khajeh-noori
Books: Polish chair, by Mahnaz Ronaghi
Friday 28th on a Polish chair
, short stories by Gazaleh Zargar Amini

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  2. Pawel said, on February 5, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Wow, I never knew vintage Polish chairs have gained such a popularity abroad:)

  3. Bijan said, on February 6, 2008 at 2:35 am

    I miss them, now that I think of them! I had forgotten what we called them. Yours looks pretty good though 🙂

  4. homeyra said, on February 6, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Bijan, I knew that you were a romantic 🙂
    Hi Pawel, Bijan just proved the point.
    In fact there is a tragic story behind the presence of these chairs in Iran. See here. I’ll post soon on this story.

  5. Pawel said, on February 6, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    homeyra, I read that article – yet it would be strange if they brought chairs with them…

  6. homeyra said, on February 6, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    🙂 I agree, they didn’t come with chairs.
    But some stayed in Iran, perhaps a few carpenters?!… there was a Polish community, and I guess that it is probable that the Polish furniture is related to their presence.

  7. Pawel said, on February 6, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    The old style chairs are hard to find even in Poland today. They no longer make chairs like they used to http://www.nowystyl.com/en/index_en.html 🙂

  8. homeyra said, on February 6, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    I see! But now you know where you can find the classic ones 🙂 By the way I tried to google to find about classic Polish carpentry, didn’t find anything in English.


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