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Potomac Country House Tour


The Ghanbari Home

Featured in 2011

Upon entering the Ghanbari home, a center hall colonial with a wonderful addition, one is immersed in Persia’s cultural heritage.  As a young girl, Mahin Ghanbari was fascinated by the skilled craftsmanship of Iranian women, and their handicraft is displayed throughout the home. Her particular interest in the theme of “Mother and Child” is first noted in the lovely oil painting seen as one enters the living room.  This room, with its handsome moldings, is richly decorated with French antiques and accented with Victorian pieces and beautiful Persian rugs.  Note the corner case displaying centuries old antique Persian tiles and tribal accessories worn by Persian women.

The theme continues in the dining room with interesting antiques and lovely framed works of art surrounding the dining room table.  The chandelier is Turkish in origin.   The library off the center hall is the owner’s workroom, filled with a ‘working’ collection of rugs, Persian tribal garments and volumes of books on Persian cultural history.  

From the library one enters the great room, a spacious, two-story addition with a cathedral ceiling.   The handsome tapestry over the fireplace is the focal point of the room, and collections of tribal tapestry, tribal garments and artwork are beautifully displayed throughout the room.

Proceed through the arched doorways aligned opposite the great room’s distinctive windows and enter the garden dining room.  This extraordinary room, with its barreled ceiling depicting a blue sky, clouds and grape arbor painted by acclaimed muralist and decorative artist Elizabeth Jean Warnock, incorporates the garden into the home.  On display in one corner is a stunning collection of ceramic pieces created by Mahin Ghanbari.  As the visitor exits via the garden deck, leaving the many riches of Persia behind, the transition is eased by the timeless sound of the fountain’s percolating water.