Past the house

The house was bought around March 2016. This house was abandoned for almost 20 years and had been renovated three times; once long before I bought it, once in 2016 and last in 2017. Padiav was opened in 19 March 2018 and six days later I hosted the first group of guests to officially embark on this very hospitable journey.
The oldest owner of the house I could dig was Seyyed Ahmad Boyokian and his spouse Bibi Saltanat Abdar whom are well-remembered. Mr Boyokian was Mosir al-Mamalek's dealer (Moshir al-Mamalek was a known merchant). They had two children named Seyyed Mohammad and Bibi Taj whom married Nilchi family. We were able to find her grandchildren after opening the house.
The house is as old as Safavid era (16th century) and has been restored several times. However, the one we bought in 2016 was a heritage of 100 years ago.

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Meaning of Padiav

The old architects from Yazd used to call a deep garden in the yard or a double-leveled yard/garden a Padiav. It is called pension in French. A pension is a closed circuit garden in which there is a pond or a stream of water. We decided to resume the house as well as its name.

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House architecture

Padiav's house dates back to the Safavid era, about four hundred years ago, during which time changes took place in the house, but what you see today is the result of the life of this house one hundred years ago. Padiav's house, like all desert houses, has a central courtyard and nestled rooms around the courtyard. The winter room is on the north front, and the summer room on the south front may have once been around the hall of this house, and now it is the three-door room of this house. The pattern of this house is a garden pit that includes two courtyards. The space downstairs is four storeys high and the walls of the rooms are intact. Also, the ceiling of each room has different arching techniques such as Kajaveh, Ahang, Filpoosh, Kokabi. Although the size of this house is not large, but it is very valuable in terms of architectural dimensions. The crypt in the house was once a water well that was connected to the aqueduct.