Silk Road

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  • Iranian silkmakers spin a niche to sustain millennia-old industry 2020-06-30 16:04

    Photo: Mahsa Safari

    Iranian silkmakers spin a niche to sustain millennia-old industry

    Photo collection depicts members of a rustic Iranian family who are breading clusters of silkworms on piles of mulberry leaves in Minudasht county, Iran’s northern Golestan province, on June 28, 2020. It is one scarce family in their village trying to spin a niche around a noticeable supply chain of high-quality material. Each member of the family plays a role in the process. Even youngsters help their parents for instance in the final stage of the silk thread production, where several threads are gathered together to form bundles. The memory of the Silk Road is still alive in the remotest regions of Iran, where the ancient route once passed. Sources say that for some 3,000 years, silk thread produced in Iran has been used to make clothing fabric and for weaving Persian rugs. The Silk Road was a well-connected network of routes which, according to ancient maps, began in China and passed through central Asia before ending in Syria. It served as an important trade route connecting the Mediterranean Sea and China.

  • Hamid Soltanabadian 2020-04-17 18:17

    Manijeh Rezapoor

    Iranian photog takes tour of Asia to cover Islamic sites on Silk Road 

    TEHRAN – Iranian photographer Hamid Soltanabadian embarked on a cycling adventure in 2011 covering 11 Asian countries on the Silk Road to prepare a collection that represents the influence of Iranian and Islamic architecture on the monuments built along the ancient route.

  • Archeological find corroborates Japan-Persia ancient ties 2020-01-14 19:45

    Archeological find corroborates Japan-Persia ancient ties

    TEHRAN – Japan has unveiled a rare discovery of ties between the then mighty empire of the East and people from the then Persia (now called Iran).

  • Travelers visit the historical Rudkhan castle in Gilan province, northern Iran. 2019-12-13 18:12

    Gilan province selected to start Iran’s comprehensive tourism plan

    TEHRAN – The northern province of Gilan has been selected as the first province to start the country’s comprehensive tourism plan, which is to be developed under the auspices of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

  • Tehran welcomes Showing results for Beijing's initiative to revive glory of ancient Silk Road 2019-12-01 18:39

    Tehran welcomes Beijing's initiative to revive glory of ancient Silk Road

    TEHRAN – Iran’s tourism minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan has said Iran backs China’s initiative for reviving the glory of ancient Silk Road, which existed for thousands of years, passing through many different empires, kingdoms, reigns and societies throughout history.

  • Gholamhossein Amirkhani 2019-11-24 18:17

    Mashhad to host conference, exhibition of calligraphy on Silk Road

    TEHRAN – Iranian National Commission for UNESCO director Hojjatollah Ayyubi has said that Mashhad in Khorasan Razavi Province will be hosting a conference and exhibition of calligraphy on the Silk Road.

  • UNESCO-invitees tour attractions in Hamedan 2019-09-27 17:41

    UNESCO-invitees tour attractions in Hamedan

    TEHRAN – Participants to a UNESCO meeting, which was held in Hamedan, paid visits to several tourist attractions in the ancient Iranian city.

  • Exhibition on peace along the Silk Roads opens in Hamedan  2019-09-24 18:47

    Exhibition on peace along the Silk Roads opens in Hamedan 

    TEHRAN – A cultural exhibition, revolving around peace and friendship along the famed Silk Roads, opened to the public in the city of Hamedan on Monday. 

  • A poster for the 6th meeting of the Coordinating Committee on the Serial Transnational World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads 2019-09-21 18:30

    Hamedan to host UNESCO transnational nomination of Silk Roads meeting

    TEHRAN – Iran’s ancient city of Hamedan will host the 6th meeting of the Coordinating Committee on the Serial Transnational World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads from September 23 to 26.

  • Caravan on the Silk Road, 1380 CE 2019-08-09 18:08

    Silk Road a suitable opportunity to introduce ancient Iran

    TEHRAN – The possible inscription of the ancient Silk Road on the UNESCO World Heritage list will open up a suitable opportunity for Iran to present its cultural, literary, historical and scientific achievements to the world, the secretary general of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO has said.

  • Ciara and Lennart in their camper van (Photo: Maryam Kamyab, July 29,  2019) 2019-08-02 20:13

    By Afshin Majlesi, Mehdi Sepahvand

    Belgian globetrotters share us their new perception of Iran

    TEHRAN – Last Monday, a Belgian couple, who are on an overland journey to China, paid a visit to The Tehran Times, where they let us share their views, experiences and feelings about Iran in a cozy chat with the daily.

  • Chang Hua Chinese ambassador to Iran 2019-07-07 12:16

    By Chang Hua Chinese ambassador to Iran

    Efforts to counter terrorism and extremism in Xinjiang

    TEHRAN - Iran and China have a long history of friendly relations. Iranians are not unfamiliar with Xinjiang either, in 13th century, Saadi Shirazi, the celebrated Iranian poet, traveled to the city of Kashgar in Xinjiang and wrote a beautiful poem. 

  • Tabriz to host major exhibits of tourism, handicrafts 2019-06-19 19:16

    Tabriz to host major exhibits of tourism, handicrafts

    TEHRAN – The Iranian city of Tabriz, which was once an influential adherent of the Silk Road corridor and a gateway to Europe, is to play host to major exhibits of tourism and handicrafts, IRNA reported.

  • File photo: Iranian and Chinese nationals pose for a photo in the UNESCO-registered Imam Square of Isfahan, central Iran. The picture depicts Safavid-era Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in the background. 2019-05-12 20:01

    Chinese travel agents on fam tour across Iran

    TEHRAN – A number of Chinese travel marketers and tour operators have recently finished an eleven-day familiarization tour across Iran with the aim of closely observing tourist destinations, changing natural landscape, local people and their traditions.

  • Intl. conference cements common heritage along Silk Road 2018-11-10 22:45

    Intl. conference cements common heritage along Silk Road

    TEHRAN – A recent conference hosted delegations of experts and officials from Iran and other countries with the aim of cementing common heritage along the ancient Silk Road.

  • China Ambassador to Tehran Pang Sen 2018-10-28 17:14

    By Javad Heirannia & Maryam Khormaei

    Beijing supports full membership of Iran in Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Ambassador 

    More work needed to strengthen China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership

    TEHRAN - China Ambassador to Tehran Pang Sen hailed the deeply-rooted relations between the two nations. But while expressing support for Iran's full membership in SCO, he underlined the need for more work to strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership.

  • A poster for the 3rd international conference of “Archaeology and Conservation along the Silk Road” 2018-10-27 21:34

    Tabriz to host intl. conference of archaeology and conservation

    TEHRAN – Iran’s historical city of Tabriz will play host to the 3rd international conference of “Archaeology and Conservation along the Silk Road” from November 14 to 16, ILNA reported on Saturday.

  • Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon announces winners 2018-10-08 19:00

    Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon announces winners

    TEHRAN – Winners have been announced for the 3rd Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon, which commenced on September 29 as a tourism event across the UNESCO-registered Lut Desert famed for being one of hottest places on earth.

  • A painting created by an Iranian child for an exhibition at the Shanghai Art Collection Museum 2018-08-24 18:49

    Shanghai Art Collection Museum displays paintings by Iranian children

    TEHRAN – A collection of paintings by Iranian children is on display in an exhibition at the Shanghai Art Collection Museum in China.

  • نادر انتصار 2018-08-06 11:09

    By Javad Heirannia

    Trump and Putin would like to create new world order: Prof.

    TEHRAN - Nader Entessar, Professor Emeritus of Political Science from University of South Alabama is the opinion that Both Trump and Putin would like to create a new world order, albeit for different reasons.

  • China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) 2018-07-10 11:54

    By Somayeh Mokhtari

    One Belt, One Road, Silk Road’s new challenges, opportunities

    TEHRAN - China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) project was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013.

  • Joanna Lumley at home in south London (Stella Pictures/Daniel Hambury) 2018-06-16 18:19

    British actress Joanna Lumley visits Iran for Silk Road project

    TEHRAN – Joanna Lumley, the 72-year-old English actress and activist who is famous for her role as Patsy Stone in the BBC sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous”, is currently in Iran to make an episode of a series on the Silk Road for ITV, a British commercial TV network.

  • A view of the historical Elgoli Park in Tabriz 2018-03-13 12:45

    Tabriz to host intl. conference on Silk Road archaeology

    TEHRAN – The Iranian city of Tabriz will play host to an international conference titled “Archaeology and Conservation along the Silk Road”, IRNA reported on Saturday.

  • Silk Road 2018-02-21 10:23

    By Vahid Pourtajrishi & Elaheh Shirvani

    Cultural considering New Silk Road: One Belt One Road One Culture

    TEHRAN - One Belt One Road policy as Xi Jinpeng’s initiative is not just an economic plan but a cultural one which could create an integrated and unified culture along entire the route.

  • A view of the restored Zeinoddin Caravanserai in Yazd, the 16th-century structure has been turned into a tourist lodging. 2017-12-06 20:24

    Photo exhibit to recall Silk Road caravanserais

    TEHRAN – An exhibition of photographs depicting centuries-old caravanserais will open its doors to the public in Tehran on Saturday.

  • A view of Elgoli Park in Tabriz. Its fairground surrounds an artificial lake, in the middle of which stands tall a photogenic palace dating from the Qajar era. 2017-12-02 19:51

    JICA picks Tabriz for heritage and tourism studies

    TEHRAN – Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has selected the Iranian city of Tabriz to undertake its new round of cultural heritage and tourism studies on the ancient Silk Road.

  •  Rauf Mammadov 2017-11-20 10:18

    By Payman Yazdani

    Global economy to benefit from Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan economic integration: Energy Scholar 

    TEHRAN _ Energy scholar at the Middle East Institute, Rauf Mammadov believe Global economy will benefit from economic integration of Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan in the important region located on crossroads of  China’s One Road, One Belt Policy. 

  • Historical bazaar rehabilitated in Khoy 2017-10-29 10:05

    Historical bazaar rehabilitated in Khoy

    TEHRAN – The centuries-old bazaar of Khoy, a tourist destination in a city of the same name in northwest Iran, has been restored to its former glory.

  • The 24th Beijing International Book Fair 2017-08-22 18:45

    Iran’s “Colorful Dream of Silk Road” realized as Beijing book fair opens 

    TEHRAN – The 24th Beijing International Book Fair opened today as Iran, the guest of honor, has selected the motto of “Iran, Colorful Dream of Silk Road” for its programs for the major Asian cultural event.

  • A view of the restored Zeinoddin Caravanserai in Yazd, the 16th-century structure has been turned into a tourist lodging. 2017-06-17 20:36

    Caravanserais, ancient roadside inns

    TEHRAN – Along the major roads that connect Iranian cities one can see many abandoned caravanserais, ancient roadside inns that brought comfort to travelers and their livestock on trade routes, including those on the legendary Silk Road.