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Vosough house museum in central Tehran (photos)
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Vosough house museum in central Tehran (photos)

The Ghavam-e-Dowleh House, also known as the Vosough House, is one of Tehran’s elegant, historic houses in the heart of the capital. It has been registered as a National Heritage site. It was constructed in 1838 during the rule of Mohammad Shah of Qajar and belonged to one of the dignitaries of the time by the name of Mirza Mohammad Ghavam-e-Dowleh Ashtiani.

One thousand years of carpet washing (photos)
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One thousand years of carpet washing (photos)

The religious ritual of washing carpets is practiced in the holy city of Mashhad Ardehal, in Kashan Province, southern Iran. This is the only Islamic ritual which takes place according to the Iranian solar calendar on the second Friday of the month of Mehr (October) to commemorate the martyrdom of Ali Ibn Mohammad-Bagher (AS) born to Imam Mohammad-Bagher.

Termeh weaving on the path of forgotten arts (photos)
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Termeh weaving on the path of forgotten arts (photos)

Weaving termeh is the local art of Yazd, Kerman, and Isfahan in Iran. It flourished in the Islamic period, alongside other progresses made in the textiles industry of Iran, including brocade and velvet weaving in the Safavid era. As the Silk Road passed along the edge of the central Kavir desert in Iran where the above cities are located, trading was carried out here from ancient times, the most important of which were fabrics and textiles.