Nane Hassan (Monavar Ramezani): the Painter 83 years old from Iran

Monavar Ramezani, known as Nane Hasan, was born in 1937, in Sohravard، living in Khoda Bande town (Gheidar) in Zanjan Province, is an Iranian painter who is an Iranian painter has been involved in the art of weaving rugs and drawing rug patterns from her childhood until the age of 70. Recently, for four years, she has started painting.

Her life is full of experiences and learning, which she has inherited from her forefathers, including tales, myths, stories, poems, traditions, legends, and ancient religions. These, shown through her paintings, bring us lots of untold matters that represent this country's identity. By a glance at her works, one can realize the relation between their colors and combinations and those of the rugs, which are the most suitable beds …for keeping the ancient traditions. The most salient characteristics in her works are the existence of justifiability and mythical notions, great elegance in using colors and combinations, and rhythm and dynamism of the themes.

With no hesitation, the validity of her works has originated from the luxuriance of experiences and honesty in expressing what is in her mind.

Life, nature, and human are the critical and shared indexes of most of these artists' works. Showing these images reminds ancient themes, and old civilization works as if she has learned this way from her ancestors directly and is the heir of their knowledge.

Such works are valuable treasures, and analyzing their aesthetic and justifiable aspects helps us realize lots of relations and reach a profound understanding of the plenteous past of this art of the country.


Nane Hassan(Monavar Ramezani) by her words:

"I was born in Ghara Mohammad village 75 years ago, Sohrevard town (hierarch Eshragh's birthplace). I married when I was nine, and from then on, I've lived in Khodabande town.

I learned poems, stories, proverbs, and elegies from my mother, aunt, and sister-in-law. My older aunt (Siminbar) and my aunt's daughter-in-law (Goli Baji) taught me to weave rugs. My youngest aunt (Emmi) was a potter and taught me many things about pottery and saddlebag weaving. My brothers were well-known weepers, invited from big cities like Tabriz, Tehran, etc., to sing and perform for them. I learned many poems and songs and how to redact from them when they were singing. When weaving rugs or doing housekeeping, I crooned their songs and elegies. My brothers read Seraj-al- Gholoob, Golestan, Gomrie darbandi, Jowhari, Tanbih -al- Ghafelin, and Dakhil for me. Besides weaving rugs, I have been involved in agriculture, Cattle raising, needling, and other kinds of weaving needed for the family. I cannot be jobless at any moment and must be doing something non-stop. Painting helps me relax my mind and not think of other things and get sad. Most of the time, after settling in Khoda Bande town, I was busy weaving rugs, and I have had some students to whom I taught this art.

I made the colors for … my rugs from plants like Aji plant (black color), Soot Dogan (natural yellow), Pumpkin Flower (straw yellow), and walnut shells (black), and my painting colors are not unrelated to my rugs natural colors.

I've given birth to 15 children; 11 of them died, between 1 to 7 years old, because of illness and bad facilities of the time. So I don't know Farsi well, and I speak Turkish. I studied five grades in Nehzat (a school for older students) when I was 60 years old, but I had learned Ame Chelke (the aboriginal alphabet) from Mola Hashem Sohrevardi. So I knew many tales, but I've forgotten some of them because of getting old and of course due to an accident which I had, tales like Div Zad, Goozo Goo Kossa,Kor Oglu,(Aee Oglu Abbas, Segir Oglu sikhmaz, Gorud Oglu Gorkhmaz), Jerti o perti, Sechan bechan kolbeya gachan, Heidar Shah, etc. which most of them I learned from my mother and my aunt Fateme.

I use whatever I remember from their stories in my paintings. Recently, I've been prohibited from weaving rugs, so I spend my leisure time on painting."

In this century of perplexity and astonishment, I hope we witness the outbreak, introducing and supporting these people who are the narrators of ancient themes and plays of this everlasting country.

Hasan Rajabi