Landscape architecture, garden design, planting design and management - Rowland Byass

Chadar

05/07/2012

From 'Gardens of the Islamic World':

'In Pakistan, India and Iran there is a special type of man-made waterfall called a ‘chadar’. These are sheets of stone or white marble, set at angles between 30 and 70 degrees, whose surfaces are carved to produce ripples in water flowing over them. One common pattern is the ‘pigeon-breast’, where a pattern of little scallops is carved all over the marble. Another is a herringbone pattern of V shapes. Many chadars are quite small. But there are some large ones in Kashmiri gardens where the hilly landscape made this possible. Sometimes chadars were placed facing sunlight so that reflection would make the water bright.'

In the restored gardens of Humayun's tomb, Delhi.

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