(Persia Digest) - In ancient Iran, numerous buildings, including mosques, settlements, trading houses, etc, were built with traditional bricks. For this reason, traditional brick making has a long history in Iran.
The village of Nowmal near Gorgan in northern Iran has the largest number of traditional brickkilns.
Nowmal has traditionally been a hub for brickkiln activities. These days, it has been welcoming a non-native labor force from southern Iran and Afghan immigrants.
Workers leave for work in the cool hours of the morning before sunrise. They dig the mounds, sift the soil, form a pit and pour water into it to provide the adobe material. Once the bricks are baked, every single one is used to build our homes.
Brickkilns work only in summer. Men and women, children and the elderly, and all members of the family work together. One shovels, one prepares molds, one brings breakfast, and another places the bricks in the kiln. Finally, the baked bricks are loaded onto the trucks and distributed to suppliers.
Photo by Faezeh Kaboli
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