In a historic area of Kashan, just at the heart of the all-important visiting sites and astonishing building and monuments, Puppet Guesthouse is situated. Kashan’s unique “Puppet and Toy Guesthouse” is a charming low-budget accommodation, in a beautiful historical house, with a unique site of cultural preservation which includes a wide range of historical puppets and toys and related shows.
The guesthouse includes a beautiful courtyard which connects all the spaces, five private rooms, two dormitories, two public bathrooms, a lounge that provides a place for interaction, and the puppet and toy museum itself with its cafe and souvenir shop at the basement level and a kitchen. Tea is always ready for you, and you can spend hours sitting and chatting there, reading books of the shelfs and tasting different local herb’s flavors with your tea which are famous from Kashan!
All rooms have a special atmosphere due to their unique Qajar-era architecture style and they are all decorated with local and handmade furniture. Each room has a theme with toy and puppet of different cultures. There are air conditioners in all rooms for more comfort and three rooms with attached bathrooms.
The guesthouse has friendly staff who try to create the most amazing experience for you in Kashan. just feel free to ask them what you are up to!
The unique “Puppet and Toy Museum” started when the founder, named Amir Sohrabi, came across a collection of Qajar (approximately 130+ years) era toys. Amir Sohrabi wrote scholarly papers on it and also did an exhibition on the toys. Then ultimately he wanted to dedicate a traditional house to toys, dolls and puppets. And he did it.
it plays an important cultural role in preserving local crafts and art. The variety of museum items engages people of all ages. Furthermore, the museum hosts various events from workshops to performances.

After launching the museum, accommodation spaces were made with the goal that they would host more interaction and build more cultural connection.
In addition to being a museum, it’s the former house of Qajar-era poet and cleric Jafar Allameh Feizi, was the descendant of the famous mystic Faiz Kashani. The museum’s building is inscribed in national heritage list.
Through your stay you can visit the museum, and maybe participate in one of the workshops and events.
The museum is in the basement with mysterious corridors including:
The oldest collection of puppets. [Iranian traditional Puppet show is called Kheimeh-Shab-bazi which dates back to thousand years ago.], Iranian folk Dolls and toys, International dolls, Antique and contemporary toys (from clay, stone, wood, pottery and fabric toys to metal and plastic toys).

These are programs you can participate in the museum:
Plays: Iran traditional puppet show, ritual dolls and ceremonial performance, Iran traditional music, Iran folklore performances and etc.
Workshops: toy and doll making, traditional games and etc.
Museum shops with old and traditional puppets, dolls and toys and other souvenirs.
Museum café and restaurant with regional cuisines and drinks in museum courtyard.
Mobile puppet & toy museum: which travels around other cities and countries to represent parts of the museum collection and communicate with other cultures.

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Puppets, dolls and toys are looking forward to see you really soon

Five reasons to choose “Puppet and Toy Museum and Guesthouse”

  • Comfortable accommodation facilities
  • Cultural atmosphere
  • Easy accessibility to the all historic places and nodes you wish to visit
  • More than a cozy accommodation, it’s about Experiencing a layer of Iranian culture
  • tours and local events to explore the Kashani lifestyle and culture.( tours on different trades, villages around Kashan, old city fabric, city life etc.)

Lovely Kashan

Kashan, a city in desert area of Iran. It is connected to Karkas Mountains from south and central desert from north.

Kashan comes with few names in our memories, roses, Qanats, architecture, people and more! The city hosts one of the old civilizations called Tape Sialk which is dated from as early as the 4th millennium BC.

Kashan is famous by its textile, ceramics and poetry from Saljuk Period (AD 1051-1220) which are still active. Shàr Bafi is the workshops where they make their silk and textiles! It’s nice experience to watch them doing it and listen to the music of their machine while making the fabric.

Kashani architecture has a uniqe style, there is no single house with the same plan! Simple mud walls and complicated internal spaces! Boroujerdi House, Tabatabaian House, Abbasian House and few examples! The other interesting layer of architecture’s engagement is the kind of spaces created by people and different communities which represent simple infrastructures, and lifestyle but complicated relationships!

Sultan Mir Ahmad traditional bath, Fin garden which is one of the few remaining Persian gardens Bazar with its Timche Amin-alduleh which is caravanserai with a beautiful Dome where you can have your tea by Mammad Agha are the other unique architectural spaces you can experience.

Kashan is one the best examples of urban development by tourism in Iran. Government and people participated in this process. Alavi Street was the turning point of this change which hosts the most historic icons in Kashan now. Kashan hosted around 140,000 foreign travelers and tourists in 2017.  But tourism and travelling culture is still new to the locals.

Photo by Ali Mashhadi‎, See You in Iran Facebook Group Member

Kashan was almost demolished after an earthquake which happened around 250 years ago. People renovated their houses, neighborhoods and the whole city!

Kashan has one the most welcoming people in Iran, don’t be surprised if you find a Kashani seating outside his house, eating watermelon and offering you some!

It’s beautiful to walk within its old fabric, in the narrow alleys and wander around the mud houses and small local markets called Gozar, like Gozar-e-taghi-khan where you can find the Ustad Ahmad, who is a carpenter, Agha Namaki who is an arabesque artist and having his super market beside. While walking in this narrow alleys, be careful with motor-bikes! They don’t want to harm you! But they might speed up![ that’s how they get excited]

Kashan had Qanat system [which is water channel system] and permanent water springs which mad animal husbandry and agriculture as part of their activities.

Roses which grow in this region are famous in the country and it helped the tourism industry in the last few decades. You will find rose-water, oil and drinks made by roses very often. Try Haji Badum and Kulucha (kind of Sweet form Kashan) with your rose-tea!

There are other places where you can visit around Kashan like Niyasar which is 1710 above the sea level; so you feel a big difference in weather and it has a Sassanian-era fire temple, a Pathina-era cave built as a Mithraist temple and a waterfall nearby.

Qamsar with its rose bushes where you can fine amazing rose gardens in April and enjoy the rose water celebration. They have a culture of Gol-Ghaltan which is to take a rose water bath for a new born baby.  And don’t miss the evenings in Abu-zeyd Abad Desert for watching sunrise and sunset.

Hope to See You in Kashan

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