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My Story

Coming from a family of horse breeders in Iran gave me the unique opportunity to travel to different provinces and learn about the ceremonies and rituals of our nomadic tribes.

They welcomed us into their homes, exhibiting a warmth of heartfelt generosity and hospitality. Common to my experiences were the hot cups of tea, homemade bread with yogurt, and colorful local dishes presented on handwoven fabrics unique to those people.

Looking back, it is impossible to separate the nourishment I received from the warmth with which it was offered.

After immigrating to the United States, I relied on my creativity,

upbringing, and arts education as I forged a new path. Painting, carpentry, and the design and making of handmade felted wool rugs sustained me and shaped my existence here.


Little by little, my home became a gathering place for my artist friends, and it became the expression of my art.

Now, I was the nomad serving hot cups of tea to visitors.

This was my inspiration for Teeleet.

Teeleet – or Abgoosht – is the soul food of all Iranians.

It is humble fare with the sole purpose of nourishing your soul.

Also called Dizi, referring to the stoneware crocks in which these simple ingredients meld to make this soul-nourishing dish.

The Teeleet you are about to enjoy is the result of a different kind of simmering – something we Iranians refer to as ja-oftadan

or "falling into place" – of experience, of longing,

of nostalgia, and of a desire to offer a genuine experience of Iran.

I dedicate Teeleet to the nomads of my childhood who welcomed me and showed me the true meaning of hospitality.

Today, I would also like to thank all those Teeleeters who were there at the very inception of Teeleet. Your support has been everything.

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