Welcome to Howraman
Caught at the intersection of powerful empires, the Kurds had their homes destroyed so regularly in medieval history that, by the 18th century, a sizeable part of Kurdish society had forgone villages altogether and resorted to nomadism and brigandry. An important exception, thanks to its impenetrable mountain-hemmed position, was the Howraman (Orumanat) Valley, which remains one of Iran’s least known and most spectacular areas. In colder months you’ll still see Howraman men wearing kolobal (brown-felt jackets with distinctive shoulder ‘horns’). There is plenty of age-old stone terracing, and the villages are stacked like the Caspian's famous Masuleh, with one house’s roof forming the next one’s yard.