Shops on Alavi Street in Kashan - this city is located in the Isfahan province

Shops on Alavi Street in Kashan - this city is located in the Isfahan province

Kashan is surrounded by desert but this city is truly an oasis along the Qom-Karman road

Kashan is surrounded by desert but this city is truly an oasis along the Qom-Karman road

Once, in the city it is hard to miss the baadgeers (wind towers) and mud houses

Once, in the city it is hard to miss the baadgeers (wind towers) and mud houses

Kashan is famous for it's carpet industry but it has many historical houses like Borujerdi House, Tabatabei House, Abasiyan House and Amiri House

Kashan is famous for it's carpet industry but it has many historical houses like Borujerdi House, Tabatabei House, Abasiyan House and Amiri House

A car parked beside the mud walls of Kashan - in the background Sultan Amir Ahmad Mosque can be seen

A car parked beside the mud walls of Kashan - in the background Sultan Amir Ahmad Mosque can be seen

Kashan was used as a holiday spot by the Safavids of Isfahan in the past

Kashan was used as a holiday spot by the Safavids of Isfahan in the past

Piruz Nahavandi (also known as Abu Lulu), who killed Caliph Omar Khattab is also buried in Kashan - the building is now police station and access isn't allowed

Piruz Nahavandi (also known as Abu Lulu), who killed Caliph Omar Khattab is also buried in Kashan - the building is now police station and access isn't allowed

A wall beside the Kashan's famous Sultan Amir Ahmad Hammam - the earthquake of 1778 leveled the city but people of Kashan started life once again with more energy and enthusiasm

A wall beside the Kashan's famous Sultan Amir Ahmad Hammam - the earthquake of 1778 leveled the city but people of Kashan started life once again with more energy and enthusiasm

Number plate of a car in Kashan - Iran has a system of car number plates where it pin points to the province and the city where it is registered

Number plate of a car in Kashan - Iran has a system of car number plates where it pin points to the province and the city where it is registered

Eyecatching Borujerdi House is seen with its' wind towers from the roof of Sultan Amir Ahmad Hammam

Eyecatching Borujerdi House is seen with its' wind towers from the roof of Sultan Amir Ahmad Hammam

Rooftop view of Kashan - very close to the city also lies the ruins of an ancient city of Sialk Hill which dates back to the 3rd millennium BC

Rooftop view of Kashan - very close to the city also lies the ruins of an ancient city of Sialk Hill which dates back to the 3rd millennium BC

A wind tower in Kashan - the wind flows in the tower and when it reaches its' bottom, most of the time water is stored there, thus cooling the wind and then this wind circulates in the house

A wind tower in Kashan - the wind flows in the tower and when it reaches its' bottom, most of the time water is stored there, thus cooling the wind and then this wind circulates in the house

Close up of a baadgeer - now most of the houses have modern air con units but historical houses have well preserved wind towers

Close up of a baadgeer - now most of the houses have modern air con units but historical houses have well preserved wind towers

Roof of the famous Sultan Amir Ahmad Hammam (bath house) in Kashan

Roof of the famous Sultan Amir Ahmad Hammam (bath house) in Kashan

These young guys were gathering outside a police station - they all seemed to be peaceful and quiet, maybe it was a meeting point

These young guys were gathering outside a police station - they all seemed to be peaceful and quiet, maybe it was a meeting point

Some of the local crafts for sale in a shop on Alavi Street

Some of the local crafts for sale in a shop on Alavi Street

A quiet street with few shops, very close to the Tabatabei House and the Shrine of Sultan Amir Ahmad

A quiet street with few shops, very close to the Tabatabei House and the Shrine of Sultan Amir Ahmad

Dry roses on sale in a shop

Dry roses on sale in a shop

A bread (naan) making factory in Kashan - almost all of the local buy their bread from these shops

A bread (naan) making factory in Kashan - almost all of the local buy their bread from these shops

An evening in one of the quiet streets in Kashan

An evening in one of the quiet streets in Kashan

Traditional Iranian breakfast - now having it at the back of a car boot is just cool

Traditional Iranian breakfast - now having it at the back of a car boot is just cool

I was staying in this traditional house in Kashan - I was meant to go to Isfahan that evening but beauty of this city made me stay there

I was staying in this traditional house in Kashan - I was meant to go to Isfahan that evening but beauty of this city made me stay there

A small courtyard of the hotel in the basement

A small courtyard of the hotel in the basement

People have learnt how to live side by side with the nature in this desert city and many of the houses had rooms in the basements

People have learnt how to live side by side with the nature in this desert city and many of the houses had rooms in the basements

It is an early morning in Kashan - to the right is hotel's cafe which is protected by a plastic cover to avoid the harsh climate of the area

It is an early morning in Kashan - to the right is hotel's cafe which is protected by a plastic cover to avoid the harsh climate of the area