The historical Javaheri house is located on Ibn Sina Street in Isfahan. This house dates back to the Qajar period and is one of the magnificent buildings of Iranian architecture. On August 13, 2005 this building registered in the list of national monuments of Iran. And currently is in use of the House of Traditional Arts and Handicrafts.
In 2007, Javaheri house of Isfahan became a handicraft workshop; and nowadays, jewelers use it as a place to hold workshops or a small market for selling their products. You can find engraved handicrafts, enamels, pottery, illumination arts and etc. So if you are looking for a place in Isfahan to buy some souvenirs from, you can visit Javaheri house, and hit two birds with one stone!
“Ibn Sina” is one of the oldest streets in Isfahan, which has a very old and large neighborhood with noble and warm-hearted people called “Dardasht“. There is a precious diamond in this neighborhood, called “Javaheri Historical House“; this mansion is located in the neighborhood of two minarets of Dardasht and the tomb of Sultan Bakht Agha, behind the old bazaar of Dardasht.
While you are visiting Isfahan and the beautiful Javaheri house, you can buy souvenirs and also visit other sites too. One of these sites is the tomb of Sultan baht agha, who was the nephew of one of the kings of the 14th century.
The exterior of the tomb consists of a multi-faceted brick and you can see a double-walled dome placed on top of it. Above the dome, there are small blue and slightly turquoise tiles. There are no special decorations inside the tomb; and the tombstone with high quality rubble is located in the center of the tomb. You can see the name of the deceased and the date of his death engraved on the tombstone in Arabic, which shows the year 769 AH (1390 A.D). This building seems to have had decorations that over time were either destroyed or hidden under a layer of plaster. There are still traces of painting under the layers of plaster.
While you are in Dardasht neighborhood to visit Javaheri historical house, you can also go visit the old bazaar of Drdasht and it’s bath.
Dardasht bath or Bazaar bath, is one of the compositions of Agha Mo’men, Agha Noor’s brother; and was built during the reign of Shah Abbas and Shah Safi of the Safavid dynasty.
This bathroom has 7 colors of tiles with floral, shrub and Islamic motifs that have deteriorated over time. It’s roof is octagonal with arch and dome cover; and you can also see glass skylights installed at the top of the domes which make the beauty of the bat even more.
Dardasht’s old bazaar is also as spectacular as all Iranian bazaars; the most beautiful and famous part of this bazaar is the drinking fountain (Saqakhaneh) of it which we strongly recommend you to visit. Tile decorations on the outside of the Saqakhaneh prevent the gaze from penetrating inside. There are two doors on both sides of this building; and there is also a tile strip around the entrance decorated with poems about Hazrat Abolfazl. At the bottom of both sides of the tiles is written: “Cursed be he who betrays the tiles!”
This mansion has a main hall, courtyard and porch. The pond in the middle of the yard and the flower pots around it increase the freshness of the house and double it’s beauty. If you pay attention to the plan of Javaheri mansion, you’ll see that they built it on a square shaped plan. And the Western side of the house is symmetrical with the Eastern side. This shows the architectural order of that time.
Among the decorations used in the construction of this building, we can mention the paintings of lion and sugar; and also, the beautiful plaster works. Also the colored glasses used in the construction of doors enhance the glaze in Javaheri house.
You can see the hall, which is also the main space of Javaheri historical house, on the Southern side of this mansion. The hall has five sashes, which in terms of Iranian architecture we call it “Panj Dari” (translates as five door); this is because of the placement of a five-leaf window. You can also see the beautiful small arches with phenomenal paintings on them in this hall.
There is also see a hall with three-leaf window on the East side of Javaheri historical house; and also side rooms with three doors overlooking the courtyard. There are two symmetrical porches on either sides of the hall, which is also very spectacular! In front of the Eastern hall, you can see a rectangular pool where the air in the basement below the hall and the side rooms is ventilated by it’s water.
As we mentioned before the Western side of Javaheri house is symmetrical with it’s Eastern side. The only difference between the two parts of Javaheri mansion is that the Western side has a five-door room in the middle and two three-door rooms on the sides. The facades of the rooms are lined with four columns; and the interior spaces of the five-door room have many decorations that connect to each other by wooden doorways.
The Western part of this mansion is actually in use of the jewelers and you can see them making amazing artworks or selling them in this part of Javaheri house. If you are a handicraft lover, you will enjoy visiting this part of the house and talking to artists about their work.
Another spectacular part of Isfahan’s Javaheri house is the pond room. This room is located at the intersection of the South and West sides. The pond room has an octagonal form and the pond inside it is also octagonal, located in the middle of the room. An five-lef wooden door connects this room to the spaces of the West side and the courtyard of Javaheri historical house.
On the second floor of Javaheri house, you’ll see the Baharkhab (translates as: terrace). On both sides of this terrace there are two rooms; and on the space of the alley adjacent to the house, there is a hall with a five-door view. This space has a roofed porch that is placed on gypsum columns with plastered capitals.
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