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Saffron in Persian Herbal Medicine

Saffron, the red-orange stigma of an ornamental plant, is the world’s most expensive spice with a remarkable history of healing in Persian herbal medicine. Read our guide for more facts and information on this exotic spice…Saffron has a long history of healing and medicinal use in the treatment of several illnesses, including digestive disorders, depression, [...]

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Facts, Information, Articles and News about Iran

Welcome to our page on Iran! Below you will find links to facts, information, articles, news and resources about Iran.All the information offered here is done so with the intention of allowing people to gain a better understanding of Iran. We look at a range of areas from history to language to culture to business [...]

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About the Iran Flag

Want to know more about the Iran Flag, its history and background of the Iranian flag? The Iranian flag is full of symbolism and the text below will help to outline the background to this symbolism.The Iranian flag was changed following the Islamic revolution in 1979 and changes to the flag were officially endorsed by [...]

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Information about the Persian (Farsi) Language

Persian, also known as Farsi, is a rich and ancient language. For those wanting to learn Farsi or understanding its origins this article offers some insightful information.About Persian (Farsi) Within the Iranian branch of indo-European languages, Persian is a member of the West Iranian group. The three main dialects of Persian consist of that spoken [...]

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How to Buy a Persian or Oriental Rug

Want to buy a Persian or Orienal Rug? Read on…get invaluable insight into the origins, design, materials and craft behind Persian and Oriental Rugs.This is always a good place to start if one is considering a purchase as just this information alone will give one clarification and insight into what one is seeking. As the [...]

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Buying a Tabriz Persian Rug

Are you looking to buy a Tabriz Persian rug or carpet? Get some information on Tabriz oriental rugs.What exactly is a Tabriz rug? Tabriz rugs are made in the north western part of Iran. The quality in a Tabriz rug is exceptional. Like all quality Persian carpets, Tabriz rugs are hand-knotted.The look that a Tabriz rug [...]

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Currency and Money in Iran

Looking for some information on the money used in Iran? Get up-to-scratch with Iranian currency and learn your rial from your toman.The currency in Iran, or the money used, is called the rial (pronounced ˜reeyaal”). The rial is like the dollar or a pound in that is made up of 100 pieces, in Iran called [...]

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Customs in Iran

Every country has its own customs, dos and don’ts. Iran is no different. So before visiting Iran get some insight into Iranian etiquette and customs.Iran is a proud and ancient civilisation which, in addition to current day Islamic customs and practices, has also preserved many pre-Islamic customs. The family is extremely important in Iran, and [...]

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Dress in Iran

Are you visiting Iran? Questioning what to wear? The dress code is something that needs to be taken into consideration in order not to offend people.Most people will be aware of the dress code rules which exist in Iran. However, very few people will be aware that the typical stereotype of all Iranian women being [...]

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Food in Iran

What do Iranians eat? This articles walks you through the delicious foods of Iran from coffee and tea to bread and kebabs.Due to the range of culinary traditions across the Iranian provinces, food in Iran is extremely diverse. Common to all the Iranian provinces however, is the fact that Iranian food tends to be both [...]

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History of Persian Carpets

Interested in Buying an antique Persian Rug? Want to know the origins of your antique Persian Carpet? Read this information on the history of carpet and Rug making in IranPersian rugs as believed to be among the oldest and most beautiful of oriental carpets in history. The traditional method of weaving Persian carpets and rugs [...]

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Iran America Relations

Iran and the USA have had a long political relationship, sometimes good and sometimes bad. This article providers an introduction to Iranian-American Relations from the 1950′s to the present day.Relations between Iran and America are strained to say the least. However, relations between Iran and America have not always been this way and the two [...]

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Iranian Embassy London

Information about the Iranian Embaddy in London including contact address and telephone number.Iranian Embassy Addresses The UK Iranian Embassy is based in South London: Iranian Embassy 16, Prince’s Gate, London, SW7 1PT If you need to visit the Embassy for Visas then they are located in West London as opposed to South London: Iranian Embassy, [...]

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad

Want to know more about the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadienjad? The following article should provide you with some general biographical informationThe Iranian President, Dr Mahmoud Ahamdi Nejad was born in Aradan, Iran in 1956. He is the fourth son out of seven children. Whilst still an infant, he moved with his family to Tehran, Iran. [...]

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Iran, Israel and Nuclear Weapons

Iran has been in the news for apparently developing nuclear weapons. This analysis looks at the debate and what it means for the Middle East, Israel and the USA.An analysis of the debate over uranium enrichment and possible nuclear weapons in Iran With all of the turmoil in the Middle East, it seems you can’t [...]

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Language in Iran

What language is spoken in Iran? It is Persian, Farsi or Iranian? This article looks at language in Iran.Iranian languages form a major subgroup of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European Language family. It is interesting to note however, that Iranian languages are not limited to Iran – they are diverse in nature and are [...]

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Iran Military

The Iranian military continues to get increased publicity in the light of the nuclear debate with the US. Here is a short introduction to the army of Iran.The Iranian military is a robust and powerful entity. It is commonly agreed that they are second only to Israel in the middle-eastern region. The Iranian military is [...]

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Iran Persian Carpets

Iran is famous for Persian carpets. Persian carpet weaving is the most popular Iranian craft and the carpets are famous for their high quality and intricate designs.It is not certain whether carpet making originated in Iran as historical examples of carpets have been found across the globe. It is likely that carpet making evolved spontaneously [...]

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Persian Carpet Care and Repair

Do want to know how to care for your Persian or oriental carpet? Does your Persian rug need repair? Here are some top tips and useful information for caring for you Turkish carpetIf you are thinking about buying a Persian rug, it’s a good idea to read a little on how to maintain your carpet. [...]

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The Current Population of Iran

Searching for information and facts about the current population of Iran? This guide to the population statistics of Iran offers some interesting information.The population of Iran was just below 69,000,000 in a 2006 survey. The majority of Iranians live in the key Irani cities, with over 12 million residing in Tehran (the capital of Iran). [...]

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Religion in Iran

Looking for information in Religion in Iran? This brief article runs you through the basics to Islam, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and other religions in Iran.The religion held by the majority of the Iranian population is Shia Muslim (89%). Sunni Muslims in Iran constitute about 9% of the population and the remaining 2% of Iranians are from [...]

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Seyyed Ali Hossayni Khamenei

The spiritual leader of Iran is Seyyed Ali Khamenei who followed Khomeini in overseeing affairs in Iran. This article is a short introduction to the man and his backgroud.Seyyed Ali Khamenei was born in 1939, to an Azeri family in Mashhad, Iran. Seyyed Ali Khamenei began his religious education in Iran at an early age [...]

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Tehran Capital City of Iran

The capital city of Iran is Tehran, a diverse and wondeful city that offers everything from traditional Iranian culture and architecture to modern services and buildings.As the capital city of Iran, Tehran is a diverse and beautiful city combining the ancient civilisation of Iran with modern developments and living. It is positioned at the base [...]

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Top Tourist Attractions Iran

The tourist attractions within Iran are undoubtedly some of the finest globally. They are primarily the fruits of the diverse cultures and civilisations which have grown and evolved within Iran throughout time. This evolution has resulted in sites ofThe tourist attractions within Iran are undoubtedly some of the finest globally. They are primarily the fruits [...]

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Visas and Passports in Iran

Thinking of visiting Iran? You will not be disappointed. It is a beautiful country with a wonderful history and the most welcoming of citizensTo gain a visa into Iran, it necessary for all applicants to have at least six months remaining on their passport from the point of entry. Israeli individuals or, individuals with an [...]

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The Weather in Iran

Off to Iran for a holiday, vacation or business trip? To know what to pack you need a weather forecast. Here we run you through the weather patterns in Iran.Iran is sits in the Middle East and borders Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Pakistan. It is surrounded by the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf and [...]

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Map of Iran

Want to see a map of Iran? Take a look at our simple map of Iranian borders and cities.The map of Iran and its borders provides immediate testament to the richness of Iran; geopolitically, economically and socially. Obvious observations when looking at the Iranian map are that it is situated in the Middle East and [...]

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Driving In Iran

If you are going to be driving when you visit Iran you should be familiar with some of the laws and conditions of driving in Iran.Driving in Iran can be a scary exercise if you are not accustomed to the culture of Iranian driving.  Many tourists actually return from Iran full of praise for the [...]

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Hand-Knotted Persian Carpets

Want to know the difference between Hand-knotted Persian carpets and factory made Persian rugs? Our guide to hand-knotted Persian rugs gives you the facts and information you want to knowThroughout the history of Persian rugs traditional Persian carpets have always been hand-knotted. Factory carpets made by machines are a product of industrialisation. One major difference [...]

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Squidoo and Iran

Squidoo has enabled us to host all our articles concerning Iran on one page. Kwintessential have therefore joined the ranks of people hoping to share their passion with others!Squidoo was founded by the well known blogger Seth Godin.  In creating Squidoo, Seth Godin gave website space to anyone who has a passion about something and [...]

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Iranian Customs and Doing Business Tips

Going to Iran for business? This article walks you through some basic customs and etiquette as well as look at areas like food, language,weather and more.Iran, which is officially known as Islamic Republic of Iran, and formerly known as Persia, is one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations. The history of Iran covers thousands [...]

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Sami Yusuf

Sami Yusuf who was born in in Tehran, Iran is one of the most celebrated global singers.Sami Yusuf was born to Azerbaijani parents in Tehran, Iran in 1980.  However, despite his Iranian and Azerbaijani roots, Sami Yusuf was raised in the UK and identifies himself with his country of upbringing. On a recent visit to [...]

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