A glimpse on Iran’s private space: the Abbasian House in Kashan

Welcome to Kashan

Before getting to beautiful Abyaneh, the NGO that invited me to Iran, planned a stop in Kashan, ancient oasis city dating back to the 4th century BC that offers to visitors the priceless view of typical desert architecture. At about 228km away from Tehran, Kashan is a must-stop as it gives the great opportunity to take a peek on Iran’s private side by visiting a local house.

The very entrance of the house

Kashan’s architectural style perfectly adapts to its surroundings: the mountain range creates a red boundary on one side, while the desert on the other side gives the environment its typical warm colors, widely used for decorating the city. With this in mind, we dared invading the privacy of the Abbasian tribe by visiting their huge residence.

The beautiful courtyard near the entrance

This house, obviously belonging to a wealthy family, was built around a courtyard, and its windows, doors and arches look at the inside instead of the outside.

The residence was built keeping the four seasons in mind, so the underground floors had the purpose to soothe the summer’s extreme desert heat, while the winter was spent on the south of the house, to allow its dwellers to enjoy the daylight as much as possible.

In front of the house, already inside

The construction is actually not ancient, less than 200 years old, and the first thing visitors will notice is its majesty. The huge first, very well preserved, courtyard was devoted to welcome guests. The big pool in the middle and the finely decorated garden made it for a delightful view.

The ceiling inside the house

At the house we had a local guide but we were also free to wander around as we pleased, which gave me the time to take all the photos I wanted.

The daylight was slowly fading away and still no muezzin was on background.I started wondering whether he was not audible from where we were, which  would have sounded very strange for a religious society, or if I was getting used to him already after a couple of days in Iran.

At the mosque, time for prayer

From my visit to Istanbul, I’ve always had a good memory of the muezzin, even at 4am I almost longed for his suggestive lament, so now I didn’t understand how he could go unnoticed.

To my relief, though, I soon learned I wasn’t that wrong, and after leaving the Abbasian family to what could have been their evening chores, we headed to the mosque for the last prayer of the day.

50 Comments
  1. Oh la merveille! Quelles photos et quel texte! ADMIRATION!!!

  2. Fotografie stupende, correlate da un ottimo e suggestivo commento! Complimenti

  3. What incredible architecture! I would love to live in a house like that.

  4. The architecture are so beautiful. I especially love the shape and the patterns.

  5. What an entrance; so gorgeous! I have a Kashan carpet on my floor. It’s one of the most beautiful things in my house.

  6. I especially like the courtyard for its indoor/outdoor fuctionality for the home. Plus I think it adds a little bit more aesthetics. But this home already seems so beautifully crafted. It shows how much the owners cared for every detail, even the weather.

  7. wow ! my god ! Very beautiful …

  8. Wonderful photos! I love this style of architecture. Such intricate design and graceful

  9. How interesting that you were able to be able to visit a local house. And quite a house it is! Beautiful. Great photos.

    • Thanks Cathy, it was very interesting, I always find that visiting private places reveals more of a country than its national moments (yet interesting!). I would have loved to stay more in Kashan and also Abyaneh, maybe next time :)

  10. Love the photos! It looks amazing!

  11. It’s fascinating how much you can do with materials to make homes more efficient. Your photos are so beautiful and exciting!

  12. these are really gorgeous …. i advice all of you to visit other cultural cities of iran like Tabriz….. its fantastic……for example its architecture faculty is an old historid place which renovated and allready is being used just like a peace of heaven as decent faculty……just see it :

  13. I live in Iran and it’s great to see there’s such enthusiasm in Iranian art and culture. I have a small survey on Persian rugs I’d appreciate it if you guys could give me your feedback http://questionpro.com/t/AHbKiZL1GV

  14. Dear Angela
    i published your photos at my website that is dedicated for introducing different aspect of Iran (Persia)
    and i appreciate you if you have any special memory or photos from your trip to Iran to share with us , or even your point of view in general

  15. It reminds me so much of the Moorish buildings in Andalucia…Beautiful. I really want to visit…

  16. These photos are really beautiful! I think your camera is different of all! It shows the masterpeaces as they are … or more beautiful!
    It shows that your point of view is really good.
    Thaks sister Angella!

  17. Beautiful, ur a fantastic photographer

  18. Wow! What a house! The architecture is amazing.

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  20. The architecture of the desert is not Correct, you must tell Islamic architecture. Grateful

    • It’s obviously Islamic architecture, but actually the definition of desert architecture is correct, in fact some of the devices were designed because of the desert climate, such as the badgirs.

  21. Hi Angela! Considering I have 25 tabs open, I’m unsure how I found your blog at this point, but I think it was through Twitter. I am totally stunned by these photos. The beauty of the house and architecture is breathtaking! I’ve longed to visit Iran, but it doesn’t seem feasible in the short-term.

    • Hi Susan! Thanks for stopping by, I’m glad you found my site so at the same time I found yours! Iran is certainly a big worthy destination, very much unearthed and full of gems to discover!

  22. nice photos , amusing explanation . thanks for visiting my country .

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