Greetings from Abyaneh the Red

in travel •  10 months ago

It’s been a while since I revisited our Iranian trip. But today I remembered how, in Shiraz, we met an old man who shared a cigarette and welcomed us to his country. As he shuffled away, smiling broadly, he insisted we visit his home village. So we did…

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On our way between Isfahan and the city of Kashan, we took a detour to the historic village of Abyaneh. Teetering up a steep hillside, the Unesco-recognised village is constructed from mud-brick and clay of a deep, rusty red. Narrow streets – hardly more than alleys, really – wind and twist beneath shuttered windows.

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The villagers – there are only a few hundred Abyanaki – wear traditional clothes. Perhaps the presence of coachloads of tourists encourages this. But they also apparently speak a variant of a much older, Sassanian form of the Persian language. I didn’t photograph the people – it always feels intrusive. But as we climbed to the mosque at the tip of the village, they were anyway outnumbered by visitors.

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In the mosque’s shady courtyard, light playing on the pool, there were the ubiquitous memorial portraits to the village’s youth martyred in the war with Iraq.

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And the Supreme Leader looked down on the tiny square.

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And here were the doors we’d heard of, more often than not with the heavy knocker for male visitors, and a lighter one for women, so that those indoors would know who might safely – modestly – go to meet the guest.

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Such a friendly people. Isn't it wonderful to get invited to that village.

The detail on the door knockers is something I will always remember from when I visited Iran.

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Yeah, doors and locks and their other fittings seem to carry a lot of cultural meaning.