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Lariha House

Lariha House


Yazd has 6500 historical buildings scattered in different quarters like “Fahadan”, “Yoozdaran”, “Yaghoubi”, and etc. Fahadan is the oldest district in Yazd containing several historical houses, mosques, and schools. Mostly, wealthy people of Yazd had settled in this quarter. Built 150 years ago by Lari family, this gem has been preserved from the Qajar era. Laries were among the affluent people of Fars who came to Shiraz and Yazd for business purposes.


This precious house was built in 1869 and the owner was Haji Mohammad Ibrahim Lari. Its prosperity was preserved until the end of Pahlavi I. However, once the house was abandoned, it suffered from serious damage. Particularly remarkable is the level of the house which is lower than the level of the street due to following reasons: it made the house resistant against earthquake, it caused thermal equilibrium and it led the water in the street to the gardens of the house.


The building of Lariha House is built according to the general style of the aristocratic houses around it; that is a house with two inner and outer parts – the courtyard in the center and the aristocratic parts around the courtyard in four seasons.

The northern part was used in winter and the southern part in summer, which includes a hall and a wind catcher. The eastern side, which includes the crypt mirrored room and other spaces, was used in autumn, and the western side was used as a terrace in spring.


The main courtyard of this house is large and detailed, and the porches, halls and rooms are located around it. This courtyard is built in a rectangular shape. What catches the eye in the main courtyard is the large porch that leads to the long wind catcher of this house. Of course, this wind catcher is not the only one in the house, and the interior of this house is mostly cooled by smaller wind catchers that are located in the corners of the mansion.


In the middle of the southeastern wing, there is a five-door room with a porch and its surrounding rooms. This part of the house is completely different from that of the northwestern. The northeast part of the house includes a yard which forms a completely detached space and is one level higher than the central yard. There is a cross-shaped area under this yard, with the necessary light brought to it by a skylight installed in the middle of the yard.


The wooden platform above the pool used to be a cozy place to take refuge to it in the afternoon and enjoy the breeze caressing the face, without any fear of the heat or the big scorpions. The other part is Sardab; a basement with 38 steps under the ground which was mainly used for keeping food. Exquisite stuccoes, fine mirror works, delicate paintings and the graceful wind tower all witness to the aristocratic character of the house.


The area of the Khan-e Lari House is 1200 square meters, with 3 courtyards and 6 houses, including porches, rooms, balcony and a hall. In Khan-e Lari House in Yazd, the doors, curtains, windows, and mirrored rooms will amaze you. You will see historic documents that are publicly displayed on the inner courtyard of Khan-e Lari House. Beyond the balcony, you see a tall, upright and well-defined windward in the courtyard. Inside the windward, they put some woods to provide more strength and cooling to the weather. Lari’s rooms are separated by three stone stairs from the courtyard of the mansion, and the interior of the rooms is decorated with plastering in purple, which gaze the eyes of every visitor.

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