May 8, 2019, 6:49 PM
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Journey to only traditional textile village in Iran

Tehran, May 8, IRNA – 'Ru'een', the mountainous and beautiful village of Esfarayn County in North Khorasan province, nowadays is known as the only traditional textile village of Iran.

Backed by a rocky crag, Ru'een's old section is a stepped village of high, porch-fronted traditional homes, looking rather like a less verdant version of Masuleh, though several parts of town have been marred by thoughtless modern construction.

The village is 8km off the Esfarayen–Bojnourd road; the turning is 44km south of Bojnourd.

In the Ru'een village, there are 300 artists in the field of traditional textile, producing over 150,000 square meters of textile products per year, and as a result the traditional traditional textile conference in North Khorasan last year was the village as the first traditional textile village in Iran.

In addition to the many natural beauties of this village, which has presented it as the most prominent tourist village of the province, it is believed that the arts and crafts of women in the region are also popular in the region, such as weaving chanting, knitting, towels and handkerchiefs.

There's a nascent cottage handicrafts industry and a particular local cuisine; the villagers speak an Old Persian dialect called Tat.

Ru'een's mosque is a forgettable modern affair but outside it's given gravitas by the 800-year-old chinar (plane) tree outside. Opposite the century-old hammam (bathhouse) is another chinar tree whose now-bricked-up hollow once held a butchers' stall.

From a dry knoll above the village there's a 360-degree view of Ru'een's townscape set amid walnut and plane trees, with a series of crags rising starkly behind.

Esfarayen County itself is located in the northwest of North Khorasan province and is about 772 km far from Tehran Iran's Capital.

A part of this town is situated on the slopes of Shah Jahan Mountains and the other part in the plains, The town experiences cold weather.


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