Jun 14, 2014, 10:48 AM
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Iran to register two Golestan waterfalls in Natural Heritage List

Tehran, June 14, IRNA - Golestan Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department seeks to register two waterfalls on Iran’s Natural Heritage List, said director general of the department.

Qorban Abbasi added that the Committee for Natural Heritage Registration will hold a session in Tehran.

“We seek to register Shirabad and Kaboudval waterfalls on the National Heritage List,” the English-language newspaper 'Iran Daily', published Saturday, quoted Abbasi as saying recently.

Kaboudval, as the only waterfall covered totally with moss, is located five kilometers to the southeast of Aliabad Katoul, northern province of Golestan.

The waterfall, which has been made of southern springs, is located in depth of a valley.

Shirabad Waterfall is located in a forest in Khan Behbin city. The caves of Div Sepid and Samandar are near the waterfall.

Abbasi noted that Golestan province has over 15,000 craftsmen in the fields of carpet weaving, embroidery, jajim weaving, kilim weaving, inlaid works, Batik printing (painting and printing on cloth), silk weaving, precious stones and tile works.

The official said the inauguration of Carpet Museum in Gonbad-e Kavous is a good event in handicrafts sector.

“This is the third specialized carpet museum after the National Carpet Museum and Astan-e Qods Razavi Carpet Museum,” he said.

“Some 12 billion rials have been spent for launching the museums.”

Some 25 precious Torkaman carpets have been displayed in the museum.

“About 70,000 weavers across Golestan province produce Torkaman carpets,” he said.

Golestan province has eight other museums, including Handicrafts, Palace Museum, Archeology Museum of Gorgan, Anthropology Museum and Natural History Museum of Aliabad Katoul, and three anthropology museums in Gomishan, Minoudasht and Azadshahr.

The province of Golestan is spread over 20,000 sq km in northeast Iran. Its capital is Gorgan, which was called Esterabad or Astarabad until 1937, with a population of 1.7 million in 2004. The province of Golestan was separated from the province of Mazandaran in 1997.