Yazd is one of the most tourist-friendly cities in Iran and offers excellent souvenir-shopping opportunities. The town has long been associated with Zoroastrianism, and the production of textiles. It fell to the Arab invaders in 642ce but the Zoroastrian community was strong here until the late 17th century. There were still plenty of adherents left…


Marvel at the splendid design and architecture of old Kashani merchant houses Kashan will always be associated in Islamic art for its high-quality ceramics (kashi) production, which dates from the 12th century, even enduring the Mongol campaigns. It is also renowned for its manufacture of costly silks and carpets for the Safavid court. The 17th-century…

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