A brief definiton of persian architectural terms used in this website:
andaruni: In contrast to biruni, the quarter in a traditional Persian house restricted to household members and their intimates.
bad-gir: Tall element rising above the roof that cunducts air flow into the building.
biruni: In contrast to andaruni, the quarter in a traditional Persian house with design to hold social activities and receive visitors and guests.
do-dari: Literally "two-windowed room", the main room in a traditional Persian house with two doors/windows that opens onto the courtyard.
eivan: Roofed semi-open space usually closed on three sides and open on the fourth which appears on the edge of a courtyard.
eivancheh: Small eivan
gooshvar: Symmetrical rooms flanking tall areas as talars and eivans on their upper floor.
gowdal-baghcheh: Sunken yard amid a larger courtyard, usually one floor deep and adorned with flower beds.
haft-dari: Literally "seven windowed room", a large room in traditional Persian houses that often flanks the main talar of the house having view to the courtyard.
hashti: The main vestibule, located between portal and the entrance.
hasht-o-nim-hasht: An octagonal form (hasht) accompanied on its sides by half-octagons (nim-hasht)
hosseiniyyeh: Building or part of a building in which Shi'a mourning ceremonies are held.
howz-khaneh: Covered area with a centeral pool, usually elevated and lit through the ceiling.
jelo-khan: Open space before the entrance portal of a building.
kafsh-kan: Semi-open narrow vestibule linking the courtyard to any of the areas surronding it.
kar-bandi: Any type of ceiling decoration, such as moqarnas, rasmi-bandi, yazdi-bandi and kasse-sazi.
khorshidi: The semi-cicular section above door openings.
mahtabi: Unroofed area on the upper floor. This area is usually closed on three sides and it overlooks the open area on the fourth.
maktab-khaneh: Place were childern received their early and intermediate education.
moqarnas: A type of kar-bandi consisting of juxtaposed three-dimensional elemnts.
orosi: Large wooden window with sashes and tinted glass panes spanning an entire side of a room.
panj-dari: Literally "five-windowed room", a large room in traditional Persian houses that often flanks the main talar of the house having view to the courtyard.
qatar-bandi: 1) A linearly composed moqarnas 2) the making of a row of moqarnas
rasmi-bandi: A type of kar-bandi consisting of a geometric lattic of usually non-weight-bearing intersecion curves.
ravaq: 1) single-layered elongated semi-open pillared space adjoining an open area, usually gonbad-khaneh in public buildings, particulary mausoleums.
seh-dari: Literally "three-windowed room", the main room in a traditional Persian house with three door/windows that opens onto the courtyard.
shah-neshin: A recess in the main side of a reception area containing seating, usually reserved for dignitaries.
talar: Large tall covered room.
yazdi-bandi: A type of kar-bandi visually at the limit between rasmi-bandi and moqarnas.