Persian Pottery

The history of the art of Pottery in Iran goes back into ancient time. When agriculture came into existence and cultivation started on Iran’s plateau by primitive races of this land, people made utensils of baked clay in order to meet their needs.

Iranian pottery (sometimes known as gombroon) production presents a continuous history from the beginning of Iranian history until the present day.

There were four major pottery-manufacturing areas in the Iranian Plateau. These included the western part of the country, namely the area west of the Zagros mountain (Lurestan), and the area south of the Caspian Sea (Gilan and Mazandaran Provinces). These two areas are chronologically as far as is known today, the earliest.

The third region is located in the northwestern part of the country, in Azerbaijan province. The fourth area is in the southeast, the Kerman region and Baluchestan.

Currently, pottery art is popular in traditional and industrial ways in Iran, and its main centers are Lahijan, Hamadan, Meybod, Sistan and Baluchestan, Shahvar, Minab, Mend, Gonabad, Tabriz, Qom, Mazandaran, Gilan, Semnan, Saveh, Markazi, Shahreza and Isfahan.