Photos by Raouf Mohseni, Mehr News Agency
One of the special ceremonies which has been held in Iran for many years is rose flower-picking and process of extracting rose-water. The city of Kashan in central Iran is famous for this ceremony.
Rose water or rose syrup is the hydrosol portion of the distillate of rose petals. Rose water, itself a by-product of the production of rose oil for use in perfume, is used to flavour food, as a component in some cosmetic and medical preparations, and for religious purposes throughout Europe and Asia.
Over 2,000 families inhabiting Kashan are involved in the cultivation, growing
and picking roses and the production of rose-water. The activity is mainly
centered at the Karkas mountain slopes west of Kashan. The cultivated lands are
estimated by the experts at 850 hectares, and on the average three tons of rose
are harvested per hectare.
Kashan is located in the province of Isfahan. It had an estimated population of 272,359 in 2005.
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