Yazd pottery

Yazd pottery

Ceramic art is one of the most interesting and ancient crafts in Yazd, which due to its history and economic importance, testifies to the artistic taste of the inhabitants of the central region of Iran. In the city of Meybod, in Yazd, in Mend-e Gonabad, in Khorasan, and in Estahban, in Fars, white clay is used to produce pottery and porcelain. One of the most popular motifs for adorning items is the sun representing itself in the form of a beautiful woman who in Persian is known as “khorshid khanum” (lady of the sun). Other motifs include decorative foliage, birds, fish, and abstract motifs on Meybod pottery.

These drawings and patterns create a complex of symbols through which the lives, dreams and wishes of their creators are reflected. The colors and glazes of the pottery are mainly blue, green and yellow, and the drawings are made with fine black lines.

In Ardakan, there are vast lands and clay hills. The purest and finest-grained clay is found mainly in Meybod, giving place to a major pottery trade in central Iran. In fact, Meybod pottery is linked to geological and geographical location. The high quality of Yazd’s clay and silica and kaolin mines, along with the region’s desert climate, are another reason why pottery production is considered an ancient and artistic craft.


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