(Persia Digest) – The Amini House and religious venue is one of Qazvin’s most beautiful houses built in 1858 by a businessman living in the city. The building has three halls and a large roofed space decorated with mirror work.
The Amini House was built by a credible trader of the city, Haji Mohammad-Reza Amini, in the capital of Qazvin Province which goes by the same name. The city is located 150kms to the northwest of Tehran. The house dates back to 1858 and the Qajar era. Part of it has been dedicated to religious mourning ceremonies. The most beautiful part of the house which attracts large numbers of tourists every year comprises three east-west parallel halls, connecting with magnificent stained glass sash windows. These windows are called “Orsi” in the old style of architecture in Iran that slide vertically to open.
The Amini halls are situated between two north and south courtyards, where each courtyard opens on to the street in its northern and eastern sides. The middle hall is the largest of the three, measuring 18 meters in length and five meters in width. The two northern and southern halls each measure 10m x 5m. Each one culminates in two small rooms in its eastern and western ends.
The southern hall has nine sash window openings with stained glass panes, each one a masterpiece in itself. The hall opens up into the southern courtyard and has a stunningly magnificent ceiling ornamented with paintings and mirror work.
The middle hall has arched niches with stucco and mirror work. It connects to the northern and southern halls through two sets of five stained glass “Panj Dari” doors. The “Panj Dari” room was the main parlor of old houses in Iran; a large room with five consecutive doors and windows opening onto the main ivan and courtyard.
The ceiling of the “Panj Dari” parlor in this house is divided into three sections. The middle section is ornamented with stucco and mirror work and the other two sections are decorated with paintings on wood.
A chandelier hangs in the middle of the great hall. The other two halls also have a chandelier each and four three-post crystal wall lights. The antique handwoven carpets of the halls are all of similar size and design. The cool storage, sherbet room and pantry, storage room and sanitary facilities are all in the basement underneath the halls. The basement opens on three sides onto to the northern and southern courtyards. Another feature of the building are its rock reliefs in both courtyards.
Photos: Shirin Barzegar/Vahed Markazi Khabar News