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Nomads OF Persia

 

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Iranian civilization dates back to thousands of years ago. While Iran is known for fascinating historic architecture as well as fabulous city and garden designs, the non-settled nomadic way of life is another intriguing aspect of Iranian culture. The mobile civilization or the nomadic lifestyle is the oldest way of life of human beings that still exists in Iran despite all the difficulties.

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One exceptional opportunity that traveling in Iran offers is visiting and getting a taste of the nomadic way a life with certain tribes. The nomadic lifestyle in Iran has been lived for thousands of years and it still exists. Even though the nomadic life is becoming more and more difficult, the nomads of Persia are holding on tight not wanting to change their life style. Today there are 1.5 Million registered nomads still living in Iran.

Nomadic culture usually means that people move around through out the year with their tribe, tents, animals and belongings. Most of the nomadic tribes Migrate in fall and spring. However, some tribe of Iran who live in tents do not move around any more and therefore it is advised that they be called clans instead of tribes. The tribes of Iran are divided to two groups of full migrating nomads and semi nomads.

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There are several nomadic tribes in Iran from different ethnic origins such as Turks, Turkmans, Kurds, Lurs, Baluchis, Arabs and Persians. The nomads of Persia each speak a different language, have different biological make-ups and keep a distinct culture. Quashkis, Bakhtiari’s, and Baseri’s are amongst the most famous tribes of Iran.

The nomadic lifestyle of Iran is based on the pastoral livestock. They distinctively use the wool and the dairy products of their animals for different productions, trades and their own use. The diet of the nomads usually consists of dairy products and local vegetable and rice. Nomads consume very little meat and meat is usually considered a food of special occasions such as weddings.

The tribes of Iran in large scales do the production of beautiful Iranian carpets, rugs and qulims. Women and girls solely do the making of the rugs and they know the designs by heart and do not use cartoons. The patterned textiles of the nomads each tell a tale of an era.

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The tribal culture is very music oriented and their music is usually inspired by nature. They have their own distinct instruments and use music in celebrations as well as in mourning ceremonies. Music is also a way to cope with life and day to day difficulties for the nomads. The wedding celebrations are usually very festive and take a few days. Family creation is a necessity to nomadic culture and divorce is prohibited in many tribes and considered a shame in others. The wedding customs outfits of the nomads are very colorful and tastefully designed. Qashqi’s tribal designs and outfits are amongst the most beautiful Iranian designs.

 

 

Getting around Iran will never be easier with the toiran mobile app!

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team toiran discussing the app with Mohammad. (toiran.com photo/ Saman Kazemi)

One of our major concerns at toiran.com has always been to the comfort of travelers when going around Iran. This is why the dev team was tasked with designing a comprehensive mobile application. Salman and I (Mohammad) started developing the application 8 months ago.

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We have worked endless hours to develop the toiran app. (toiran.com photo)

Sometimes when you travel in Iran, mobile internet coverage can be spotty especially when you are visiting a site outside a city or for instance when you are in the desert. This is why we wanted an application that would allow access to most of its features offline. With the help of Salman, for whom I have great professional respect, the project was able to move forward smoothly.

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Mohammad simultaneously writing code and checking functions. (toiran.com photo/ Saman Kazemi)

Imagine you are visiting Pasargadae which is 135 kilometers outside of Shiraz and lunch time is approaching. Where do you eat? No need to worry! Just open the application and it will show you a list of nearby restaurants with full detail! All you have to do is to choose. Select your restaurant and just ask the app how to get there. No Internet connection? No Wi-Fi? You are still ok! The map and navigation features are both available offline.

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Hundreds of pages of code were written to develop an easy-to-use app to help you to get around Iran in the easiest way! (toiran.com photo)

The best part is all the information and pictures available on the toiran.com website will be available offline on our app. The only thing you need to do is download the application. Leave the rest to the app! Every time you connect to the internet, the app updates data automatically. This was you will always have toiran.com wherever you go in Iran!

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Mohammad hard at work. (toiran.com photo/ Saman Kazemi)

Want to go skiing or fancy a trip to the desert? Just go to the toiran app on your phone and look at the weather forecast for any place you want in Iran!

Our app also has a bilingual talking dictionary! It will help you find useful sentences along with their pronunciation and meaning in English. You can use the app to communicate with locals and even pick of some Persian during your stay.

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When in Iran, no information will be inaccessible with the toiran app. (toiran.com photo)

You can also go online and book your hotel in Iran with a single tap! Getting around Iran will never be easier! Can you wait another month for the app to be released on Google Play?!

 

One for all and all for one

Our team expanded to include Taraneh Salehi, who came to us via recommendation and who had years of experience in accounting in Iran. She took on the role of financial adviser and began structuring the Accounting Department.

Golnaz Khaleghi came to us via social media ads. We chose her as she had experience in content management and data entry and soon realized she was also a right fit for our team.  She introduced us to Safoura Sadeqianpour, whom we chose for HR and Administration due to her energy and life experience abroad. Vahid introduced us to Mohammad Rostami who joined our Development team.

As we moved towards our launch date, our team began working longer hours and almost every day of the week. Despite the enormous stress levels, everyone was excited about the project bearing fruit.

On September 21, we launched our website. It was a beautiful moment seeing the result of eight months of hard work. Our team took on a massive project on a national scale, we grew together, learned together and we became a family. One for all and all for one.

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The idea behind toiran.com was and is to show the people of the world the wonders of Iran and provide them with services that will allow them to experience mysterious Iran for themselves.

We now need the support of every single one of you, our loyal fans, who have stayed with us throughout this incredible journey. Help us to make Iran great.

More stories coming about our office life and our future road trip.

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