Sandali-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With time Polish chairs have been replaced by newer products and trends but occasionally you see one here and there.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 🙂
Links in Persian:
Two blogs: Polish chair by N & Polish chair by S
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