Hamadan is the capital city of Hamadan Province in Iran, in 2006 the population was 473,149. Hamadan is believed to be one of the oldest standing cities in the world, many think it was possible that it was inhabited by the Assyrians in 1100 BCE. Hamadan is home to many poets and cultural celebrities, it is also said to be among the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. Hamadan’s culture is well known for their handcrafted leathers, ceramics and carpets. Hamadan carpets are usually a thicker heavier pile with a center medallion, and usually a traditional or tribal/nomadic design.