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Iranian Persian architecture is the architecture of contemporary Iran and the Iranian Cultural Continent. It has a continuous history from at least 5000 BCE to the present and generally displays great variety, both structural and aesthetic, developing gradually and coherently out of earlier traditions and experience. Persian buildings vary from peasant huts to tea houses and garden, pavilions to “some of the most majestic structures the world has ever seen.

Persian architecture

Arthur Upham Pop-e

(1881–1969) a best known American expert on Persian/Iranian art and the editor of the authoritative Survey of Persian Art- says: “The supreme Iranian Art, in the proper meaning of the word, has always been its architecture. The supremacy of architecture applies to both pre- and post-Islamic periods.”

In this architecture, “there are no trivial buildings; even garden pavilions have nobility and dignity, and the humblest caravanserais generally have charm. In expressiveness and communicativity, most Persian buildings are lucid – even eloquent. The combination of intensity and simplicity of form provides immediacy, while ornament and, often, subtle proportions reward sustained observation.

Iran traditional houses architecture

The architecture of Iranian traditional houses has manifested native-traditional models of the past history of Iran which have originated from individual and collective cultures of the people, who have been formed, have grown, have been manifested and have reached perfection.
It is the architecture employed by builders and craftsmen in the cultural Greater Iran. The art draws from various cultures and elements from both Islamic and pre-Islamic times.Roots of the principles governing the traditional architecture can be found in Iranian thoughts and culture.On the basis of religious and traditional ideas of the Iranian families, House is not only a shelter and the human being doesn’t only live under a ceiling and on some sq. meters. spatial flexibility, legibility, introversion, spatial hierarchy and respecting family privacy had had special position in architecture of Iranian houses

Thus the houses have a kind of internal spaces structure and an innate system of protection; they all have enclosed gardens with maximum privacy, preventing any view into the house from the outside world.Climate, too, has affected this architecture. In other words, being situated on the edge of deserts and arid regions, Persian (Iranian) cities typically have hot summers, and cold, dry winters.

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Almost all traditional Persian houses have these elements:

  • In two sides of the entrance door there is a place for taking rest while waiting, for entrance or talking with the neighbor .This place is called Platform (Sekonchei).
  • Many of old houses in Iran have paired and wooden entrance doors with two different knockers on each pair. This difference refers to the voice of the knockers so that the knocker with low voice is used by the women and Hammer knocker is used by men. As a result the people who were in the home realized the gender of the person who is behind the door.
  • Hashti ( Dalan-e-vorudi) or Vestibule is a space with short ceiling and octagon or tetragon form , immediately after the entrance door to the building.
  • Connection space between the Hashti and the Yard called corridor.
  • Yard, a central pool or howz with surrounding gardens containing trees of figs, pomegranates, and grape vines.
  • Rooms in Old Persian houses had been constructed in a way that some of them were in southern part of home and about 7-8 m below ground surface with low light. In these rooms the Sun didn’t shine and so they were cool and suitable for summer. Winter rooms, too, were in northern part of house and had enjoyed adequate sun shine throughout winter season.
  • Reception Hall is the main room of the house with abundant decorations and designs and is linked to yard of the house with five-door and seven-door sashes. Because of this, Panjdari is another name of this room.

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The house of rich people in Iran has two separate Biruni (exterior) and the andaruni (interior) parts. The last belonged to female members of the family while the first was the male quarter of the house. The Biruni was less furnished than the andar?n?; but both parts had courtyards planted with fruit trees, shrubs, and flowers and set with pools and fountains.
Furthermore, Persian houses in central Iran were designed to make use of an ingenious system of wind catchers or Badgirs that create unusually cool temperatures in the lower levels of the building. Thick massive walls were designed to keep the sun’s heat out in the summertime while retaining the internal heat in the winters.

Important Iran traditional houses


  • Torabi House
  • Pirnia House
  • Fakhr-Ol- Molook House
  • Moein –O Tojar Boushehri House
  • Anis o doleh House
  • Imam Jome House
  • Jalal House
  • Malek House
  • Iirvani House
  • Sultan Beigom Shojae House
  • Moghadam House


  • Boroujerdi House
  • Hosseini House
  • Tahami House
  • Taj House
  • Bani Kazemi House
  • Shoaei House
  • Sadeghi House
  • Manouchehri House
  • Tabatabaie House
  • Balal House
  • Baku Chi House
  • Hakim Bashi House
  • Isfahanian House
  • Falahati House
  • Hashemiyan House
  • Ameriha House
  • Akhbari House
  • Ehsan House
  • Sodoori House
  • Sharifian House
  • Bala Khane Chi House
  • Attarha House
  • Abbasian House


  • Bekhradi House
  • Dibai House
  • David House
  • Dastjerdi House
  • Arastooye House
  • Naalbandha House
  • Sheikh-o- leslam House
  • Ghasemi House
  • Ghodseeye House
  • Marta peres House
  • Angoorestane malek House
  • Sun Rise House
  • Mashrooteh House
  • Aalam House
  • Sartipi House
  • Pirnia House


  • Rasoolyan House
  • Fahadan House
  • Mozafar House
  • Koorosh House
  • Sabat House
  • Lariiha House
  • Alayee House
  • Emam Zadeyee House
  • Omid Salar House
  • Arbabo House
  • Mortaz House
  • Saraf Zadeh House
  • Malekzadeh House
  • Mahmoodi House
  • Navab Razavi House
  • Kolahdoozha House


  • Shapouri House
  • Zinat-ol- Molk House

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