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Eggs, of course, represent fertility and are placed on the Persian Wedding Table  to express hopes for a fruitful marriage, strong and healthy children and indeed for a long and honorable lineage.

The key design element here is not arrangement so much as direct decoration. (Think Easter Eggs with a decidedly psychedelic turn.)

The decorated eggs on a Sofreh are sometimes among its highest art and each egg decoration may be a case of pure design, historical patterns, insignia or calligraphy, or shine forth its own unique symbolic display, carrying images of everything most dear to the couple.

Christen Flack Behzadi, MD, is the author of the internationally selling book The Persian Wedding Book.   She live in Houston, Texas, with her beloved husband, Dr. Pedram Behzadi, M.D.

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