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Hassanpour Traditional House of Arak, a historical house in Iran

Hassanpour Traditional House of Arak, a historical house in Iran

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Hassanpour's house in Arak

If you are an enthusiastic about traditional Iranian guesthouses, you will come across a historic old house that today has been turned into a museum of handicrafts and traditional arts, so that by looking at its works, you can get to know the jobs that were common in the past and increase your knowledge about Iranian identity.

In this historic guesthouse accommodation in Iran, you have the chance to watch the architecture of the building, which is more than 100 years old, in addition to visit the museum's treasury. We are to introduce Hassanpour's old house accommodation in Iran which is a museum nowadays and tell you about its history and architecture.

There are many historical houses in Iran that’s climate is different from today's world. By going to these houses, it is as if you have took yourself from the present and gone to the past. In the city of Arak, one of these historic houses has more attention. Hassanpour's house, a house that were built in the last years of the Qajar era, but its usage has changed over and over.

It was a carpet company for the first time, but a few years later it became a school until the late Javad Hassanpour bought it and lived there for a few years.  For a short period of time it was a luxury hotel in Iran. But today, the house has been turned into a museum of handicrafts and traditional arts, and many exhibitions are held there.

The history of Hassanpour's house

According to the studies, the cause of the construction of this house was a person named Haj Ali Moshiri, who was one of the famous carpet merchants of that time. He built the house to turn it into a carpet company, however, for some reason the house later became a school and eventually became the residence of Javad Hassanpour.

On the one hand, the historical value and attractive architecture of this house caused the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage to buy and restore it from the heirs in 1968. This house was finally turned into a museum of handicrafts and traditional arts in 2003, and since then, many art lovers and historians have been visiting its works. Hassanpour's house is located in the historical context of Arak and near it is the oldest school and bath in the city. On the other hand, this house is on the list of national monuments of Iran and many tourists of all around the world visit it.

Hassanpour House Architecture

Hassanpour's house is a two-story building with an area of 600 square meters. Among the rooms on the ground floor, there is a kitchen, a storage room and a dining room, and other rooms on the ground floor were used during the winter. The rooms on the first floor were royal and summer room. In the summer the people of the house spent most of their time in these rooms. Looking at the architecture of the house, it is quite characteristic that here, like other old houses in Iran, it is built in an introverted way and generally consists of a central courtyard, and rooms on the three sides of the east, west and north, all of which have special designed doors. The doors open to the courtyard and you cannot see any window on the walls so the only way for light to enter the room is from the courtyard doors.

Hassanpour's house is made of limestone, brick, clay, mud and wood, and its facade is completely covered with bricks, and its decorations include brickwork and tiling. The house consists of three parts on the west, east and north sides you can see nobility designs, and on the other side of the nave there are residential rooms, kitchen, storage, toilet and oven. After passing through the front door, you have to go down several stairs to reach the yard, because the floor of the yard is about 5 meters below the room level.

Different parts of Hassanpour's house

There are many different museum sections in this traditional luxury house in Iran, which we introduce them to you. 

Calligraphy: In this section, a collection of works of calligraphy and gilding by contemporary artists is displayed, which is valuable for those who are interested in modern arts.

Wooden works: If you enjoy watching wood carvings and mosaics, do not miss this part of the museum.

Metal works: The works of this museum are very diverse and satisfy any kind of taste. Here you can see the engraving works of Araki artists, Boroujerd, Zanjani and other works made of metal, and you even have a chance to see the engraving works of masters such as Master Baba Khani.

Textile: In this section, all kinds of traditional clothes will catch your attention. By watching these clothes, you will get well acquainted with traditional Iranian clothes. Of course, apart from these clothes, you will be surprised to see the cashmere embroidery works.

Pottery, glass and ceramic: In this section, you can see pottery, glass and ceramic dishes in different designs and colors as much as you want.

Carpet: The carpets of Arak are among the most famous carpets of Markazi province that have been exhibited in this section.


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