The book features photos by the Iranian artists, represented at an exhibition under the same name in Tehran last October.

The exhibit included 70 photos from 35 Iranian photographers, depicting nature, architecture, and daily life as well as the traditional rituals belonging to the mountainous region located within the provinces of Kurdestan and Kermanshah in western Iran and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

The exhibition was a part of Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Ministry’s attempt to earn status for the cultural landscape of Hawraman/Uraman on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 2021.

The cultural landscape of Hawraman was submitted by the ministry on UNESCO’s Tentative List in 2007.

Hojatollah Ayoubi, the secretary-general of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO and a senior assessor of cultural heritage from the UN cultural body, had said during the exhibition, “The show aims at laying the groundwork for the future inscription of Hawraman on the UNESCO list as the organization’s inspectors would always take notice of the public’s view toward such natural phenomena during their assessment.”

The historical site contains rural areas in Sanandaj, Sarv-Abad, and Kamyaran in Kurdestan Province, plus the cities of Paveh, Javan-Roud, Nowdeshah, and Nowsoud in Kermanshah.

The area also includes the city of Uraman Takht and 76 villages – 13 of which have been inscribed on the National Heritage List.