Desert Pearl, City of Rose and Rosewater, City of Silk and Roses, City of the Pious, City of Historic Houses
The city of Kashan, which lies in a desert at the eastern foot of the Central Iranian Plateau, 220 kilometers south of Tehran, was once a popular vacation spot for Safavid Kings.
Archeological excavations at the nearby Sialk Mound have yielded evidence suggesting that Kashan was where religious thought first took form. According to some accounts, the three wise men of Persia, who followed a shooting star to Bethlehem to witness the nativity of Jesus Christ, were Magi originating from Kashan.
The pearl of Iranian deserts is the birthplace of many arts and crafts. Tilework or Kashi-kari is one of the many arts perfected by Iranians and it is notable that the Persian word for tile (kashi) is derived from the name of this city. Zari bafi or the art of weaving with a gold string has been passed from fathers to sons in Kashan for over 2,000 years.
Silk Kashan and Manchester Kashan are two of the most beautiful variety of Persian carpet. Silk Kashan rugs are among the finest and most expensive Persian carpets in the world.
The city has also found fame for its many traditional mansions in the design and decoration of which the most delicate of Persian arts and crafts have been employed.
Top things to do:
- Fin Garden and Bath
- Tabatabei House
- Sialk Mound (Tepe Sialk)
Top foods to try:
- Meat and white beans stew- This stew is often served with raw onion and bread or with dill rice.
- Kashan Traditional cookies
- Shefteh- A dish consisting of small meatballs cooked in tomato juice.