Photographer's Note

Characterized by a peculiar reddish hue, Abyaneh is one of the oldest village in Iran, known to have existed 2,500 years ago. The culture of Abyaneh has been largely preserved, with a few hundred residents speaking Middle Persian and dressing in traditional clothing.

One of the most striking designs of most ancient wooden doors in Iran is the door knockers. Each house or gate usually features a pair of doors, which are equipped with a pair of door knockers that have two distinct designs. One of the door knockers has a long shape, while the other one has a round shape. Traditionally, the round shaped door knockers are strictly for female use, while the long shaped door knockers are for male use. These two door knockers have distinct sounds, which provides clues to the house owner whether a male or a female knocks the door. A male house owner answers the door if the caller is a male and vice versa. If there are no men in the house, then the woman can wear a hijab if a male is behind that door.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12857 W: 136 N: 33246] (152136)
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