World Craft City for Woodcarving (Munabbat)
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Date of Registration: 2018

In Farsi, Abadeh means a reclaimed area and its origin goes back to 1000 B.C. It is located in Fars Province, on the main road between the two main big cities of Isfahan and Shiraz, contributed to its notable history and rich culture.

Although the crafts makers in Abadeh, practice various handicrafts, they are mainly known for woodcarving (Munabbat-Kari in Farsi). This small city with its 60,000 people is known as the birthplace of Munabbat-kari art in Iran and the world. In 2018, Abadeh was included in WIPO for its Munabbat art. The word “Munabbat” is derived from the verb “Nabat” relating the first stages in the growth of a plant, hence the high relief carved wood resembles the sprouts of a plant.

Different types of Chisel (Moghar in Farsi) are used for carving. The product is valued according to the depth of the carving.

Munabbat-kari is varied and is not limited to utility and decorative small pieces like jewelry boxes, statues, walking sticks etc. but also applied to large pieces such as doors, windows and furniture. Exquisite and historical examples of Munnabat sherbet spoons are among the Victoria and Albert Museum collection.

Ahmad Emami, a senior well-known Munabbat artisan from Abadeh produced the stunning masterpiece wood carving in the Marmar Palace in Tehran.

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