Persian Locks: 1500 Years of Iranian Padlocks
"When I opened the package (containing Persian Locks) my first word was WOW!! I think it will be yours too." - Billy B. Edwards, TheLockman
"(Persian Locks) is an absolutely beautiful volume detailing the lock-making traditions of Iran. The illustrations of lock mechanisms within this book are solidly in the tradition of Roger Jean Segalat’s How Things Work (the original of course!), fascinating in their clarity and simplicity. However, you don’t simply get diagrams of how locks were constructed, but a reasonably comprehensive history of locks and lockmaking within Greater Iran or Persia. Along with that is a selection of photographs of locks from the author’s collection, showcasing an astounding variety of forms and styles across the centuries. I am fascinated by the author’s suggestion that the artistic energy of representational art was redirected into everyday objects like locks after Islam became the dominant religion in Iran, all but eliminating sculpture and painting. The care with which this volume was produced is evident. All of the pictures are crisp and clear." - Benjamin Espen
In Iran, the padlock was developed in an amazing variety of sizes, shapes, materials, and mechanisms, the likes of which are less frequently encountered in Europe. On the whole, very little attention has been devoted to the history and development of the lock in Iran.