20 December 2016

Impressions and Images of Iran: Khāneh-ye Tabātabāeihā (Tabātabāei House) in Kashan

As I said earlier, Kashan is known for the numerous traditional houses. I visited three of them, and this one is the second I saw. It is also the largest, with 40 rooms and 4 courtyards occupying almost 5,000 square meters.

The pictures above show you typical features of Persian architecture. On some photos, you see these little towers that have entrances: these are windcatchers, and I would see more of them in Yazd. The courtyards also feature the rectangular water pool in the middle, which is also a staple in Persian gardens. And finally, this house features a stage: I don't really know what they are called, but every traditional house I visited had a sort of stage-like area where this area is elevated from the rest of the house, and overlooks the largest courtyard. In some of the traditional hotels I have stayed in, this area is also where one can lounge around and just sit back and relax.

The pictures above on the other hand show you details of the house: the throne stage-like area, the geometric patterns adorning the walls and the alcoves, and the numerous stained glass windows that are present in several of the rooms. Things are really affluent here, and I could only imagine what it was like when this house was still occupied by its rich owners.


  1. So far, through your eyes, I see the country as an architectural gem. I'm happy to see so much is still standing considering the country's turbulent history.

    1. Zhu,

      Plenty of structures are surprisingly preserved. There were some structures that were destroyed when the Afghans invaded a long time ago, and yes they had wars recently as the Iran-Iraq War, but it seems that it didn't do much damage to the country's cultural heritage.