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Persian turquoise, jewel of the Orient

For at least 2,000 years, the region once known as Persia, has remained the most important source of turquoise. It's sky-blue turquoise has always been a magnet for beauty seekers throughout history. Turquoise is a non-vitreous stone, which…

Iran’s wind towers, age-old air conditioners

Iran's wind towers, age-old air conditioners Wind towers (Badgir) are important elements in traditional Iranian architecture, providing natural air-conditioning in hot, dry and humid climates for thousands of years. These towers rise not…

Caravanserais, ancient Iranian hotels

Caravanserais, ancient Iranian hotels For hundreds of years Persians accommodated foreign and domestic merchants and pilgrims at elaborate hotels called caravanserai, which were built along roads and in cities. The word caravanserai is a…

Happy Hafez Day

Happy Hafez Day Iranians annually celebrate the Hafez Day on October 11, during which they gather and hold talks on the poetry, thoughts, and life of Hafez. Hafez was a Persian mystic and poet. He was born sometime between the years 1310…