A Conceptual Clarification of
The Clay Architecture of Iran

The word traditional as an adjective is used to differentiate the modern features in Iran. There are, however, other English words that may be used instead of the traditional, such as: the indigenous, the native, the clay, or the aboriginal. Books in this subject ( the native architecture of Iran) that are translated into the English, are titled with all the above synonyms by different editors. Frequently, however, the traditional architecture is used to a degree that at the present time such combination is approaching to an established form of translating the indigenous architecture in Iran. On the other hand, the English word the native or the indigenous is more appropriate than other words (i.e., the traditional or the aboriginal) for the introduction of Iran's indigenous architecture to be differentiated from a modern (or the European or the imported or a xeroxed ) architecture in Iran.

The Indigenous (or the Clay) Architecture of Iran

The Indigenous Architecture refers to a style, a design, a plan. and the building materials that are originated from the native Iranians rather than from other cultures or countries.

Although the Farsi words m'amaari-e sonnatti are frequently translated into the English as the traditional architecture, other synonyms, such as: the native, the clay, the aboriginal, or the indigenous may also be used instead of the traditional.

The main focus of the author's works is the pictorial introduction or presentation of the native Iranian architectural features to be differentiated from the modern ( or from the European or from the imported) architecture. The English word traditional, therefore, is intended to impart the native quality of the Iranian architecture, because such an adjective is approaching to an established adjective for the introduction of the native ( or the clay) architecture in Iran. As such, any architectural feature that is rooted in the Iranian culture and that is originated from the Iranian builders and architects, without being xeroxed from other countries, is introduced as a feature of the indigenous (or the clay or the traditional ) architecture in Iran.