Khatamkari literally means decorating objects’ surfaces with small pieces like tiles and it is one of the Persian arts wherein the surface of wooden or metallic articles is decorated with pieces of wood, bone and metal cut in a variety of shapes and designs.


This art, to some extent, has existed in Iran from long ago. Inlaid articles in the Safavid era took on a special significance, as artists used this art on doors, windows, mirror frames, Qur’an boxes, pen and pen holders, lanterns and tombs.


Also, in some royal buildings, doors and various items have been inlaid. The inlaid-ornamented rooms in Sa’dabad and Marble Palace in Tehran are among masterpieces of this art.


Incorporating techniques from China and improving it with Persian know-how, this craft existed for more than 700 years and is still practiced in Shiraz and Isfahan.

How to do it

Gold, silver and etc. can be used for collector coins. These rods are first assembled into triangular beams with geometric patterns, and then these are assembled again and glued into bundles in a strict order to form a cylinder of about 70cm, whose edge shows the unity of the base of the final decoration.


These cylinders are then sheared in shorter cylinders, then compressed and dried between two wooden plates, before undergoing a final cut that makes slices of about 1 mm in thickness. The latter are then ready to be plated and glued on the support object to be decorated before being lacquered. They can be preheated to soften them, if the object is curved, so that they can perfectly marry the curves. The decorated objects are: boxes, chess or backgammon, frames, or even musical instruments.


The Khatam technique can also be applied to the famous Persian miniatures, thus creating true works of art.


Persian Pottery

Persian Pottery

Iranian pottery production presents a continuous history from the beginning of Iranian history until the present day. In Iran pottery manufacture has a long and brilliant history. Due to the special geographical position of the country, being at the crossroads of ancient civilizations and on important caravan routes, almost every part of Iran was, at times, involved in pottery making. Yet, recent excavations and archaeological research revealed that there were four major pottery-manufacturing areas in the Iranian plateau. These included the western part of the country, namely the area west of the Zagros Mountains (Lorestan), and the area south of the Caspian Sea (Gilan and Mazandaran provinces).

Persian Pottery

One of the earliest known and excavated prehistoric sites that produced pottery is Ganj Darreh Tappeh in the Kermanshah region. Another great discovery was made south of the Caspian Sea in a cave, in the so-called Kamarband, (Belt cave) near present day Behshahr.

With the invention and the introduction of the potter’s wheel, it became possible to produce better quality and symmetrically-shaped vessels; the number of pottery types made was greatly increased as well. The decoration of these objects was made with much greater care and artistic skill, and the designs used were greatly enriched and carefully selected.

Persian Pottery

In general the history of Iranian-Islamic pottery can be divided into three main periods Post-Sassanian or Early Islamic Period; Middle Islamic Period; Later Islamic Period.

In these three periods, which lasted for more than a thousand years, numerous pottery centers were established, which produced innumerable types of wares.

Currently, pottery art is popular in traditional and industrial ways in Iran, and its main centers are: Laljin, Hamedan, Meybod, Yazd, Kalporgan, Minab, Gilan, Gonabad, Shahreza and etc.


Laljin is known as the Middle East pottery and ceramic works. 80 percent of the population of the city of Laljin is engaged in pottery and ceramic works.

Persian Pottery

Local Costume and Food of Khorasan People

Local Costume of Khorasaan People

In Great Khorasaan province which is divided into 3 parts, different people are living such as Turkoman, Kurd, Balouch and etc.

Balouch people are settled in southern and eastern parts of Khorasaan Razavi and wear their own costume which is decorated with needlework.

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Turkoman people live in northern parts of Khorasaan Razavi. The most important part of Turkoman women’s wear is a red dress called “Chavak”. For men this long dress is called “doon” and it’s the major part of their clothing. There are two types of hats called “Boorik” with needlework and “Talpak” with long wool. In Ghouchan, Dargaz and Kalaat, Turkish and Kurdish people wear their own costume. Kurdish men’s wear are similar to the ones in Kurdistan.

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In Kermanj, women wear “Shilvaar” which is a corrugated skirt with detailed fringe.

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The main women’s wear in Khorasaan is “Shalite”. A layered and corrugated skirt with vest and scarf.

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Finally, when we talk about Khorasaan Costume, we all remember the bust, white pants and turban which people wear during a dance called “Choub Baazi”.

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Khorasaan Local Food

One of the most amazing parts of traveling to a new province is tasting its local food that can get us familiar with their taste. Great Khorasaan province has its own local food like Kome joush, Khorasaan lentils halim, saateri polo,reshteh suzmeh, ghorouto, Neyshabour oatmeal soup, tougi sardaaghi and etc.

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Lut Desert (Dasht-e Lut)

Desert areas constitute about a quarter of Iran. The Lut desert is a desert in southeastern Iran with a length of about 900 km and a width of 300 km. The world’s tallest sand pyramid is located in this plain.

In this vast plain, traces of human habitation from the fourth millennium BC have been observed. There have been huge earthquakes in this plain in the past time.

The plain of Lut has many spectacular views in its heart. Every year, countless desert enthusiasts are eager to see these wonders in the plain of Lut. Wide sand and gravel areas with bright brown to light gray and black, wavy sandy areas, multiple polygonal zones, are some of the beauties of Lut Desert.

According to some geologists, the desert has been a shallow sea called “Tis” in the past, which has dried over time due to the warmth of the air. During 2004 to 2009, this region was recognized as the warmest surface of the Earth.

The largest population of the Lut plain has settled in the Shahdad (in the past called “Khibiz”). One of the few vegetation coverings in this area is the Gaz Shrubs located 20 km from Shahdad.

Top 10 of Traditional Cuisine in IRAN (Part 2)

In the first part, we introduced 5 of the most famous traditional dishes in Iran. Here are five other famous traditional dishes.


6. Khoresh Gheimeh

Khoresh Gheimeh is a beef and split pea stew made with dried limes and cooked in a tomato base, usually served with fried potatoes on the top.

7. Zereshk Polo Morgh

Zereshk Polo Morgh is one of the prettiest Iranian dishes wich the most widely used in all kind of parties. Zereshk Polo Morgh is a rice dish usually made with saffron and barberries alongside a chicken and tomato stew.

8. Bademjan (Eggplant and Tomato Stew)

Eggplant is one of the most popular Iranian cuisines that is used in many foods. Eggplant stew is one of the most delicious foods that are cooked with eggplant.

It is eaten usually with white rice and saffron.

9. Baghali Polo

Baghali Polo is made with saffron, fava beans and green dill, and is usually served with lamb. Baghali Polo with lamb is one of the most stylish and delicious Iranian foods.

10. Tahchin

Tahchin is a pretty and delicious Persian food that is prepared with chicken, meet, eggplant and so on but the chicken Tahchin is more popular.

Top 10 of Traditional Cuisine in IRAN (Part 1)

Persia’s geography, history and cultural influences have shaped the diversity of ingredients and the methods of cooking in one of the world’s oldest and most sophisticated cultures.

We plan to introduce top 10 of traditional cuisines in Iran


1. Chelo Kabab

Chelo Kabab is undoubtedly the most famous Iranian cuisine, and many people know Iranian cuisine with Chelo Kabab. All kinds of Kababs, especially Koobideh, are very popular among Iranians and tourists.

Chelo Kabab are usually served with tomatoes, grilled peppers, saffron rice and fresh vegetables.

2. Ghormeh Sabzi

Ghormeh Sabzi is one of the most popular Iranian cuisines, Ghormeh Sabzi stew are prepared with a lot of aromatic vegetables, onions, red beans and mutton or veal or lamb.

3. Dizi

Dizi, also called the Abgoosht, is one of the most authentic Iranian cuisines. For preparing Dizi, it is used mutton, beans and potatoes. Dizi is usually eaten with bread, vegetables and onion.

4. Fesenjan

Fesenjan is a stylish and delicious Iranian stew which is prepared by walnut, Pomegranate paste and meat or chicken.

5. Ash Reshte

Soup dish (Ash Reshte) is one of the popular Iranian traditional dishes which is generally served in the winter. This soup is made from chickpeas, beans, noodles and plenty of herbs.

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