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The Lari House of Yazd is a Qajar era (1785–1925) mansion located in the historical Fahadan Neighborhood. Fahadan is the oldest neighborhood in the city of Yazd where the affluent once lived.
Lari House has been built in a 1,700-square-meter area and consists of six separate houses with desert architecture that take up 1,200 square meters. The northern part of the house was used as winter quarters and the southern part, which has a spacious hall and wind tower was used as the summer quarters. The eastern wing of the house was used as autumn quarters and the western quarter was the wing used in spring.
A common feature of traditional homes in desert areas is that their basements are designed to perfectly adapt to the warm and dry climate of these cities. With the help of the wind towers raised above these houses, these basement areas had natural air conditioning and remained cool during the warmer months of the year when they were used as sitting rooms.
The rooms of Lari House are situated around the main courtyard, which has a large pool (howz) in the center and is modestly filled with plants and trees. There is a wooden platform with lattice decorations above the pool which can be reached with three steps. The owners of the house once sat on this platform in the afternoons, enjoyed dinner and spent time with the family.
The house features traditional Persian residential architectural features such as an Andarouni (interior), which was the private quarters used by women and servants, and a Birouni (exterior) which was the public quarters mostly used by men.
The ceilings of this house have been embellished with mirrorwork and paintings with European and Qajar themes. The paintings branch out and expand outward from around the central chandelier and even band around the top of walls in rooms. Mirrorwork in the form of flower and arabesque motifs have been used to frame these paintings.
Most Qajar mansions have a Hall of Mirrors, which was a room designed as an artistic space. The Hall of Mirrors in Lari House is about a century old.
The stained glass and latticed doors of the house combined with its mirrored rooms and wall paintings make this house an exquisite example of residential homes belonging to the affluent during the Qajar era.
Lari House was registered as a National Heritage Site in 1997.
Imam Khomeini St., Fahadan St.