I long have wanted to write about the Bakhtiari nomads living above Isfahan, in the mountains of Chahar Mahal, who still today migrate by millions from the summer grasslands to the winter ones, from the valleys up the mountains, along spectacular roads, swimming over rapid mountain rivers together with their flocks, as it was shown in the first Iranian ethnographic film, the Grass (1925), and who in the spring descend with colorful carts to Isfahan to pass in the bazaar their rugs made in the wintertime. For a starter, let us see the photo series made on them by Alieh Sâdatpur – the photographer recording the old bicycles of Isfahan –, found on the blog of the Bakhtiari folk musician Bahman Alaeddin, that is Masoud Bakhtyari. The accompanying music is also taken from his album.
Masoud Bakhtyari (Bahman Alaeddin): Tey tum rah تی توم ره /Râh-e bârik راه باریک (Lane) (4'13"). From the CD Bahang بهنگ /Arus عروس (Bride) (2007).