Guild Houses are centers that have helped diversity across the country. Ex-townsfolk who now live in another city can meet in houses that go by a the name of their hometown. The House of the Tabrizi in Tehran, the House of the Tehrani in Yazd, the House of the Hamedani in Khorramabad, etc. are examples of such places.
The houses are centers especially for the youth to engage in cultural activities of shared interest from religious observances to artistic and literary activities and sports. The houses also witness marriage between the members who have got to know each other in the sidelines of their activities in the house and who prefer to keep bonds with their homeland and townspeople.
Some of the houses are today not as much frequented as in the past for the importance they used to hold as centers for diverse activities, but rather for the sole sake of their fine architecture and physical grandeur. The Tabatabaeis’ House and the Boroujerdis’ in Kashan are cases in point.
The Boroujerdis’ House was built in 1857. It is one of the most famous historical buildings in Kashan and is registered as cultural heritage. Buildings were constructed by maestro Ali Maryam Kashani and the plasterwork and paintings were carried out under the supervision of the royal painter Kamal-ol-Molk. Wind towers 40 meters high are the devices designed for air-conditioning the buildings.
The House Tabatabaeis’ House dates back to the 1880s. It was built by Haj Seyyed Jafar Tabatabaei, a merchant from Natanz living in Kashan. The buildings are situated lower than the ground surface to keep from extreme heat and cold in different seasons. Story goes that the house was build out of rivalry with the owners of the Boroujerdis’ House who had denied the hand of their daughter to Seyyed Jafar’s son.