Iran City Guides - Kurdistan
The Iranian province of Kurdistan is situated on the western border of Iran south of the Azerbaijan region. The climate is temperate but because of its mountainous geography winters are harsh and cold.
The ethnicity of the region is primarily Kurdish with the Kurdish language widely spoken and traditional dress very common.
For men this consists of loose trousers tied high up with a long fabric belt and drawn in at the ankles along with a round turban.
Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, Iran
Women dress similarly but in brighter colours, often incorporating metallic thread and mirrors into fabrics. Women wear brightly coloured headscarves in addition to turbans.
To the north of Saqez city in Kurdistan lies the ruins of the ancient fortress of Zivieh. Zivieh is known to date back to the era of the Mannai tribes who ruled over northwest Iran around 2700 BC. Excavations at the site revealed many fine gold, silver and ivory artefacts in the style of Mesopotamian art.
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