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On the edge of the great desert of Dasht-e-Kavir, in the heart of Iran, city of Kashan stands which is situated about 220 km south of Tehran, the capital of Iran. It is the place that my grand father comes from. Kashan Province is also famous for its rosewater (Rose-water called " Golab" in Farsi language) which is the product of Qamsar, Niyasar and Barzook, smaller towns of Kashan province, and the three main producers of rosewater for over 800 years. In spring, The Ceremony of Rosewater Distillation Ceremony, flower picking, and extraction of rosewater, starts when rose buds begin to open, usually mid May to early June. In this season, the whole town is filled with the aroma of roses and rosewater. The light pink color Mohmmadi rose used for this purpose is named after the Prophet Mohammad Peace Be Upon Him (pbuh), for its delightful fragrance. Each year is washing the Ka'ba of the world Muslims with the pure fragrant rose-water produced in Kashan. Distillation of rosewater is carried out immediately after picking and is performed with their own traditional huge copper pots which each one has a capacity of 120–150 liters. These copper pots works as a pressure cooker. Around 20 kg of rose petals is put into every pot that holds 80 liters of water, and the pots are closed airtight. Each pot is connected, airtight, with an aluminum tube to a pitcher. These pitchers are placed in a ditch of running cold water and are weighted with cast iron to keep them below the water, in a way that the top of each pitcher is about 20 cm above the water surface. Each pitcher can hold 30–40 liters of liquid. The process will take between 4-20 hours and the outcome is about 35 liters of rosewater. The slower the process of extraction, the better the quality of the rosewater. A fine rosewater is very fragrant and tastes a little bitter. Every year from, 17th to 30th of May, the festival of rose and rosewater is held in the towns of Qamsar, Niyasar and Barzook.
Kashan is a city in the province of Isfahan, Iran. It had an estimated population of 272,359 in 2005. The etymology of the city name comes from the Persian word Kashi, which translates into the English word tile. Kashan is the first of the large oases along the Qom-Kerman road which runs along the edge of the central deserts of Iran. Its charm is thus mainly due to the contrast between the parched immensities of the deserts and the greenery of the well-tended oasis. Archeological discoveries in the Sialk Hillocks which lie 2.5 miles (4 km) west of Kashan reveal that this region was one of the primary centers of civilization in pre-historic ages. Hence Kashan dates back to the Elamite period of Iran. The Sialk ziggurat still stands today in the suburbs of Kashan after 7000 years. The three wise men who followed the star that guided them to Bethlehem to witness the nativity of Jesus, as recounted in the Bible, reportedly came from Kashan. The artifacts uncovered at Sialk reside in the Louvre in Paris and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Iran's National Museum. Sultan Malik Shah I of the Seljukian dynasty ordered the building of a fortress in the middle of Kashan in the 11th century. The fortress walls, called Ghal'eh Jalali still stand today in central Kashan. Kashan was also a leisure vacation spot for Safavi Kings. Bagh-e Fin (Fin Garden), specifically, is one of the most famous gardens of Iran. This beautiful garden with its pool and orchards was designed for Shah Abbas I as a classical Persian vision of paradise. The original Safavid buildings have been substantially replaced and rebuilt by the Qajar dynasty although the layout of trees and marble basins is close to the original. The garden itself however, was first founded 7000 years ago alongside the Cheshmeh-ye-Soleiman. The garden is also notorious as the sight of the murder of Mirza Taghi Khan known as Amir Kabir, chancellor of Nasser-al-Din Shah, Iran's King in 1852. The earthquake of 1778 leveled the city of Kashan and all the edifices of Shah Abbas Safavi, leaving 8000 casualties. But the city started afresh however, and has today become a focal tourist attraction via the numerous large houses from the 18th and 19th centuries, illustrating the finest examples of Qajari aesthetics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashan
Here you would see the traditional structure of an Alley made of the basic material of Adobe. Usually you would see these traditional constructions in the arid or semi-arid area, i.e. Kerman, Yazd, Kashan, Esphehan Nesfe Jahan and old villages through out the country.