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Qavam House



Qavam House, also widely called "Narenjestan e Ghavam", is a traditional and historical house in Shiraz, Iran. It is set within the Persian gardens of Eram Garden. Qavam House is a smaller rival to Eram Garden but it has beautiful buildings inside. It is also at walking distance from the Khan Madrassa. Qavam House (Narenjestan) was built between 1879 to1886 by Mirza Ibrahim Khan. He was from the wealthy Qavam family who soon became active in the government during the Zand dynasty, followed by the Qajar, and Pahlavi dynasty as well. This family was merchants originally from Qazvin.









This complex represents Iranian Architecture during Qajar period. It was designed and used as the Birooni (Exterior: to receive people outside of the family circle).Also, the complex includes Zinat al Molk house which was designed and used as Andarooni (Interior: the home for only the close family). Andarooni and Birooni buildings were connected together by an underground passage way. The complex also consists of a private bath house, a public bath house, and Hoseinieh (religious ceremony building).











The Qavam "Naranjestan" preserves the elegance and refinement enjoyed by the upper-class families during the 19th century. The paintings on the ceilings are inspired by Victorian Europe. The mirrored porch overlooks the Eram Garden with fountains, date palms and flowers. Between 1969 to1979, Asian Institute used Naranjestan under famous American Archeologist Arthur Upham Pope. Since 1998, the complex is used by the faculty of Art and Architecture of Shiraz University. The house today is a museum and is opened to the public.