In December 2017, Kalpourgan, a village located 25 kilometers east of Saravan, in Iran, was inscribed in the list of the global handicraft villages for beautiful pottery created by the skillful Baluch women, for the first time from the Asia Pacific region. The women in Kalpourgan have played a vital role in the decision made by the WCC in the designation of their village as a handicraft village.
Moreover, in November 2018, The Head of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization announced that Abadeh in southern Fars Province, Meybod in central Yazd Province and Khorashad in eastern South Khorasan Province were respectively named world craft cities for “Woodcarving”, “Zilou” and “Toebafi”.
Over the past couple of years, the WCC has presented the same tags to the cities of Mashhad, Lalejin, Isfahan, and Tabriz for their gemstones, pottery, handicrafts and hand-woven carpets respectively.
Iran now holds the first place in terms of the number of its cities and villages registered by the World Crafts Council.
If you are interested in Iranian art and handicrafts and like to know more read the Full guide to Iranian handicrafts.