Language of Origin: Farsi (Persian)
Famous for its carpets and silks, Kashan is a city in the province of Isfahan, Iran. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 272,359. The etymology of the city name comes from Kasian, the original inhabitants of the city, whose remains are found at Tapeh Sialk dating back 9,000 years. Later this changed to Kashian, whence the town name. The Persian word Kashi, which translates into the English word 'tile'. Kashan is the first of the large oases along the Qom-Kerman road which runs along the edge of the central deserts of Iran. Its charm is mainly due to the contrast between the parched immensities of the deserts and the greenery of the well-tended oasis.