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Photos: Historical Houses in Kashan, Iran

Source: Mehr News Agency



Kashan is a city in the province of Isfahan, Iran. It had an estimated population of 272,359 in 2005. The etymology of the city name comes from Kasian, the original inhabitants of the city, whose remains are found at Tapeh Sialk dating back 9,000 years; later this changed to Kashian, whence the town name. The Persian word Kashi, which translates into the English word "tile".



Related News: Europe-based Iranian backs historical house renovation in Kashan

TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (Mehr News Agency) -- Switzerland-based Iranian Saba Manuchehri has paid for the restoration of four Qajar era historical houses in Kashan.

Manuchehri has purchased the old houses and the structures are currently under restoration, said manager of Kashan's Department of Historical House Renovation, Ali-Akbar Helli.

Ms. Manuchehri is originally from Kashan and has studied gold artwork in Switzerland, Helli said, adding that she is planning to make a gold craft workshop in one of the restored buildings.

"In one of the houses she will be setting up exhibits, galleries and several workshops including one for reviving the region's ancient art of knitting," he mentioned.

The houses are named Rashadi, Zarkar and Saheb and are located in the old district of Sarpelleh in Kashan. The name of the fourth house is not mentioned in the report.

Together the houses cover an area of over 6,000 square meters. Kashan is home to over one hundred such historical houses.

Ms. Manuchehri is now back in Iran after 20 years. She decided to stay on after visiting a photo exhibition of Kashan's historical homes in a Tehran gallery.

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