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Lalijin Ceramics

By August 31, 2011

A potter in Lalejin, Iran continues the city's proud tradition in ceramics.

Throughout the ages, the Middle East has been a region filled with rich ceramics and innovations in the ceramic arts and craftsmanship. This tradition stretches back over 7,500 years.

In the city of Lalejin, pottery was faced with near extinction due to Mongol invasion. Only seven potters survived to revive the work of their forebearers. And revive it, they did!

Today, Lalejin remains a vibrant center for the ceramic arts. Behjat Abbasi, the Deputy Director of the Hamedan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, has said, "With 900 workshops and 3900 employees, Lalejin is the capital city of ceramics in Iran."

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