Brick Making

This kiln is now almost unpacked. The holes in the floor are where the heat of the flames ascends, and the especially hard-baked bricks from immediately above these are used for construction of water cisterns. [C.B.4]

Brick Making

Traditionally the kilns were fired using camel-thorn growing on the nearby plains. Now oil is used – in the base of the pit several blackened openings under the kilns are visible (bottom left, plus two centrally at the corner of the pit), with some of the pipes used. Each firing takes around 72 hours. [C.B.3]

Brick Making

Although many buildings in Iran are built of mud or mud-bricks; baked or burnt bricks have been made from at least the first millennium BCE. The bricks stacked here are drying out after being moulded in simple wooden frames. A full brick-kiln is at right back, cooling off. [C.B.1]

Iranian crafts and craftsmen

As I started to visit Iran, I started to meet Iranian craftsmen – often high up on rudimentary scaffolding. I also started to realise how little is understood about their impressive skills and knowledge. With many master craftmen (ustads) relatively old, and relatively few young men now wanting to undergo the lengthy, often dirty, and …

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Junabadi

Junabadi, although he wrote later[1], was clearly aware that the maydan was originally intended as a sportsground[2]: “the Isfahanis had laid out a spacious rectangular maydan measuring some 300 jaribs in area… Any observer casting his glance on it would be filled with delight. In the very center of the maydan was [erected] a sublimely …

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