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Well-To-Do Lady of Iran Taking an Afternoon Siesta

WELL-TO-DO LADY OF IRAN TAKING AN AFTERNOON SIESTA

The yoke of Mahomedanism weighs heavily on the women of Persia. Their fettered existence, lacking all outside interest, and in which they depend upon themselves for amusement, is far from happy. Their indoor costume consists of short baggy garments somewhat resembling a ballet girl's dress; when taking an outing they are usually accompanied by an escort, and always shrouded from head to foot

Persian Women in the Privacy of Restricted Surroundings

PERSIAN WOMEN IN THE PRIVACY OF RESTRICTED SURROUNDINGS

Feminine life in Persia is passed in the seclusion of the anderoon, the compartments where the master of the house keeps his womenfolk, best carpets, and choicest treasures. No man, save the husband and nearest relatives, may penetrate into these private quarters, and here the victims of Islamic law spend time in sipping sherbets or syrupy tea, smoking kalians, and chattering without ceasing