A street is being laid out in front of the Abbasian House in Kashan

A street is being laid out in front of the Abbasian House in Kashan

Entrance of the Abbasain House from the street - locally, it is known as the Khane-e Abbasi

Entrance of the Abbasain House from the street - locally, it is known as the Khane-e Abbasi

A covered corrirod leads into the building, a white plastic sheet can be seen at the end

A covered corrirod leads into the building, a white plastic sheet can be seen at the end

Corridor from the street brings to this space, which has few small rooms built around it

Corridor from the street brings to this space, which has few small rooms built around it

This historical house in Kashan is not only one of the best tourist attractions but also it offers local dining experience in one of its' courtyards

This historical house in Kashan is not only one of the best tourist attractions but also it offers local dining experience in one of its' courtyards

Ceiling of the ticket office area - this area is covered to avoid the direct sunlight and the hot winds in the summer

Ceiling of the ticket office area - this area is covered to avoid the direct sunlight and the hot winds in the summer

The Abbasi House is one of the few traditional historical house located in Kashan

The Abbasi House is one of the few traditional historical house located in Kashan

Other historical houses in Kashan are Khane Ameriha, Khane Borujerdi and Khane Tabatabai

Other historical houses in Kashan are Khane Ameriha, Khane Borujerdi and Khane Tabatabai

The Abbasian was built in the late 18th century by a wealthy merchant, Abbasi

The Abbasian was built in the late 18th century by a wealthy merchant, Abbasi

The Abbasi house has six courtyards, surrounded by rooms, iwans and galleries

The Abbasi house has six courtyards, surrounded by rooms, iwans and galleries

Decorations of the Abbasi House are one of the finest in details

Decorations of the Abbasi House are one of the finest in details

Abbasi was a wealthy glass merchant who built this gigantic house

Abbasi was a wealthy glass merchant who built this gigantic house

This is the Pool House Yard (the Pool Courtyard) of the house

This is the Pool House Yard (the Pool Courtyard) of the house

This room is built beside the Pool House Yard and it is decorated with the stained glass

This room is built beside the Pool House Yard and it is decorated with the stained glass

Standing in the middle of the Pool Courtyard and looking back at the wooden door

Standing in the middle of the Pool Courtyard and looking back at the wooden door

Skylight above the pool, it allows the natural light into the house

Skylight above the pool, it allows the natural light into the house

A very basic washroom of the house but very handy for the 18th century

A very basic washroom of the house but very handy for the 18th century

I took a flight to stairs and looked down at the small yard of the pool below

I took a flight to stairs and looked down at the small yard of the pool below

The Abbasian is a complex of six buildings spread over several levels

The Abbasian is a complex of six buildings spread over several levels

Some renovation work was being carried out when I visited this historical house

Some renovation work was being carried out when I visited this historical house

Most parts of the house were already finished but there was still some work needs to be done

Most parts of the house were already finished but there was still some work needs to be done

Ladies prayer room of the Abbasian House

Ladies prayer room of the Abbasian House

Winter rooms are built around this courtyard - these rooms are smaller in size and have less air circulation

Winter rooms are built around this courtyard - these rooms are smaller in size and have less air circulation

Central courtyard of the Abbasi House, seen from the uper level

Central courtyard of the Abbasi House, seen from the uper level

Plaster reliefs are used to enhance the beauty of this building

Plaster reliefs are used to enhance the beauty of this building

These stairs lead to Khazane which was used to keep the valuables of the house and also an escape tunnel

These stairs lead to Khazane which was used to keep the valuables of the house and also an escape tunnel

The high porticos and reception halls are decorated with the plaster also

The high porticos and reception halls are decorated with the plaster also

Central courtyard of the Abaasian, seen from stairs of the upper level

Central courtyard of the Abaasian, seen from stairs of the upper level

The upper level of the outer courtyard was used for customers and guests of the Abbasi family

The upper level of the outer courtyard was used for customers and guests of the Abbasi family

Rooms built beside the terrace of the upper level

Rooms built beside the terrace of the upper level

Interior of the rooms, facing central courtyard

Interior of the rooms, facing central courtyard

Sunlight beams into the stained glass panels of the rooms and it produces a fountain of the colours

Sunlight beams into the stained glass panels of the rooms and it produces a fountain of the colours

An old fireplace, sits in one of the rooms

An old fireplace, sits in one of the rooms

Exceptionally beautiful and detailed stained-glass windows of the Abbasi House

Exceptionally beautiful and detailed stained-glass windows of the Abbasi House

The grand domed porch in the centre was used for receiving the family's most important guests

The grand domed porch in the centre was used for receiving the family's most important guests

In the Persian culture, water is very imporatnt and nearly every historical building has one or more pools

In the Persian culture, water is very imporatnt and nearly every historical building has one or more pools

The room with the elegant five-doors, on the upper level was reserved for the lady of the house

The room with the elegant five-doors, on the upper level was reserved for the lady of the house

Beautiful ceiling beisde the wintery rooms of the complex

Beautiful ceiling beisde the wintery rooms of the complex

Colourful glass was used in these rooms too, but to a lesser extent

Colourful glass was used in these rooms too, but to a lesser extent

Opening in the ceiling allows daylight into the rooms but not direct sunlight

Opening in the ceiling allows daylight into the rooms but not direct sunlight

Here, workers(to the left) can be seen busy in renovating this historical house

Here, workers(to the left) can be seen busy in renovating this historical house

This part of the Abbasian( towards the Alavi Street ) was still in ruins but the work had already started

This part of the Abbasian( towards the Alavi Street ) was still in ruins but the work had already started

Ruins (yet to be renovated) seen from the Alavi Street

Ruins (yet to be renovated) seen from the Alavi Street

Baadgeer (the wind catcher) of the Abbasian - it allows wind from it's high towers into this part of the building

Baadgeer (the wind catcher) of the Abbasian - it allows wind from it's high towers into this part of the building

Wind would travel all the way to the bottom of the tower and then it was channelled through small openings

Wind would travel all the way to the bottom of the tower and then it was channelled through small openings

Deocrated ceiling of the baadgeer

Deocrated ceiling of the baadgeer

Currently, this historical house on the list of Iran's Cultural Heritage Organisation

Currently, this historical house on the list of Iran's Cultural Heritage Organisation

Kashan was a wealthy city in past and this house justifies this claim

Kashan was a wealthy city in past and this house justifies this claim

Traders would come to this city along the Silk Route and knowledge and wealth would change hands in Kashan

Traders would come to this city along the Silk Route and knowledge and wealth would change hands in Kashan

Kitchen of the Abbasi House

Kitchen of the Abbasi House

This is where all the cooking of the house would have taken place in the past

This is where all the cooking of the house would have taken place in the past