The traditional Tabatabaei House owned by an affluent family with an area of around 4,700 square meters is one of the magnificent tourist attractions of Kashan city.
Located next to the majestic Mausoleum of Sultan Amir Ahmad, the house was made in around 1880 (Qajar Dynasty) by architect Ali Maryam with an introverted symmetrical plan focusing on separating the inner and outer parts of the house from each other.
. In general, the house has 40 rooms, four yards, four basements, three wind catchers, five entry doors, and two strings of Qanat that used to pass from it. The main entrance opens to an octagonal space known as Hashti (vestibule) that has two doors, one of which leads to the inner part, and the other leads to the outer part of the house.
An important architectural feature of the house refers to its construction below the ground level that has several benefits. First, it helps cool down the construction; second, it made water more accessible in the past; and third, it makes the house more resistant to earthquakes.
The house has outstanding stone reliefs, stucco, mirror, and painting decorations. Also, the rooms have wooden doors and windows with colored stained glass, leading to colorful sun rays inside the rooms during the day.
What also contributes to the importance of the house is that Sani Ol Molk as a master painter and miniaturist of the Qajar Dynasty (1789-1925) has decorated it with his arts.