Persian poet and mystic, Farid Al Din Attar (circa. 1190 to 1229) was born in Nichapur in Khorassan, where his tomb can be found. In the epic poem which inspired Rachid Koraïchi, la Conférence des Oiseaux,, he presents a group of birds on a journey across seven valleys to find the Simorgh, the royal bird, symbol of all winged creatures. At the end of the journey which expresses in poetry the mystical journey of Persian Sufism, the travellers find their inner selves.
Rachid Koraïchi pays homage to the Sufi poet with lithographs and an installation The Gardens of Paradise in the Jardins de Chaumont in the Loire in 1998 and 1999.