Kerman (Persian: کرمان) is a city in Iran. It is the center of Kerman province. Located in a large and flat plain, this city is located 1,076 km (669 mi) south of Tehran, capital of Iran.
This city was mentioned by the Greeks by the name Karamani. Historical documents also refer to Kerman as Karmania and Zhermanya. The city was probably founded by the Sassanid king Ardashir I in the 3rd century, and for this reason it was called “Ardasheer Khoreh”. The Muslim Arabs called this place Bardeseer or Bardesheer and the Iranians used to call it Guasheer. See Kerman on the map.
- The Kerman carpets, renowned for their elaborate border patterns, mute colors and high quality, are regarded as the best souvenirs of Kerman.Gelims (carpet made of goat’s hair), Jajim (carpet made of wool or cotton) and shawls are also among notable handicrafts. Furthermore, caraway seed, dates and citrus fruit cultivated in Kerman are of the highest quality.