Kerman, one of Iran’s most ancient and historical cities, is mentioned by the names of “Gawashir” and “Kormania” in ancient texts and on the mural of Persepolis and at Naqsh-e Rostam – which is attributed to a group of gift-givers from “Kormania”.
Kerman is also one of the most important and richest cities in Iran. Pistachio, Iran’s second largest export (after oil), is the most important agricultural product of this land, but it is not the only product. Besides pistachio, Kerman cumin is ranked highest in Iran in terms of quality and quantity. Rose water, another important agricultural product of this province, is mostly exported due to its high quality. Other important Kerman products include carpets, needlework and copper handicrafts.
The province of Kerman is a land of pleasant contradictions: from green oases such as Sirjan, Shahdad, Bardsir to the burning deserts of Kalut Shahdad and Gandum Briyan, pistachio orchards, Bam groves, Lalehzar flower gardens, Mahan cedars, the Hezar and Jopar heights and Sarcheshmeh copper industrial towns next to 8000-year-old hand-made caves in Meymand – the oldest settlements where human beings still live.
Kerman is a land of friendship and the kindly coexistence of various groups, including Zoroastrians, Sufis and Sunni immigrants from Baluchistan. The court of Shah Nematullah Vali and Mushtaq Alisha has made Kerman one of the poles of Iranian mysticism.
Kerman also contains numerous historical and cultural monuments such as the Jame Mosque, the Ganjali Khan Complex housing a square, a public bath, bazaar, caravanserai, mosque and school; the Jabalieh Dome, Fire Temple, Harandi Museum, Bam Citadel, Raine Citadel, Prince Garden, Biglarbigi Garden and the Great Sufi Tomb of Shah Nematullah Vali, ….