Talesh County

Talesh County (Persian: شهرستان تالش; also Tavalesh (Persian: طوالش) is in Gilan province, Iran. The capital of the county is the city of Hashtpar. At the 2006 census, the county's population was 179,499 in 42,949 households.[1] The following census in 2011 counted 189,933 people in 52,989 households.[2] At the 2016 census, the county's population was 200,649 in 61,055 households.[3]

Talesh County
شهرستان تالش
Talesh County mountain landscape
Talesh County mountain landscape
Location of Talesh County in Gilan province (top, green)
Location of Talesh County in Gilan province (top, green)
Location of Gilan province in Iran
Location of Gilan province in Iran
Coordinates: 37°54′N 48°49′E / 37.900°N 48.817°E / 37.900; 48.817Coordinates: 37°54′N 48°49′E / 37.900°N 48.817°E / 37.900; 48.817
CountryFlag of Iran.svg Iran
DistrictsCentral, Asalem, Haviq, Kargan Rud
 • Total200,649
Time zoneUTC+3:30 (IRST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+4:30 (IRDT)

Administrative divisionsEdit

The population history of Talesh County's administrative divisions over three consecutive censuses is shown in the following table. The latest census shows four districts, ten rural districts, and five cities.[3]

Talesh County Population
Administrative Divisions 2006[1] 2011[2] 2016[3]
Central District 85,258 91,978 97,982
Kuhestani-ye Talesh Rural District 6,479 5,914 7,482
Saheli-ye Jokandan Rural District 18,232 18,515 19,442
Tula Rud Rural District 19,061 15,205 16,880
Hashtpar (city) 41,486 52,344 54,178
Asalem District 39,089 40,569 42,219
Asalem Rural District 20,226 16,117 16,442
Khaleh Sara Rural District 6,930 7,495 7,702
Kharajgil Rural District 8,586 6,917 7,355
Asalem (city) 3,347 10,040 10,720
Haviq District 30,348 31,840 33,940
Chubar Rural District 16,429 12,877 14,299
Haviq Rural District 11,201 9,247 9,826
Chubar (city) 1,481 5,522 5,554
Haviq (city) 1,237 4,194 4,261
Kargan Rud District 24,804 25,546 26,508
Khotbeh Sara Rural District 13,495 14,036 14,291
Lisar Rural District 8,710 8,248 8,570
Lisar (city) 2,599 3,262 3,647
Total 179,499 189,933 200,649


The Talysh peoples are, as archaeological studies show, one of the oldest inhabitants of the western littoral Caspian Sea areas, which stretches from Dagestan in the north, to Iran in the south. The Talysh have lived in what are known as "Talysh land" for millennia,[citation needed] and are amongst the native inhabitants of what is today Iran and neighboring Azerbaijan. There is a belief amongst scholars,[citation needed] as well as by the Talysh themselves who generally identify with the Cadusii,[4] that the ancient Cadusii are the ancestor of the today's Talysh.

The lands of the Talesh were much larger than the present day area. In olden times the geographical areas of the Talysh people was more than 10,000 km2.[citation needed] At present the Taleshan live in Gilan Province, and some cities in Ardabil Province (Iran) and southeastern Azarbaijan.

Historical monuments and natural sitesEdit

  • Salsal village which goes back to Ismaeilieh era near Ghalehbin village located 15 km. from Talesh..
  • White Mosque which dates from Seljukian era that situated at Hashtpar (Talesh) city .
  • Agh-ev-lar region at a distance of 32 km of this city which is considered among the first grade tourist sites of the Iran.
  • Asalem - Khalkhal road, and Laezeh countryside on the way to Khalkhal .
  • Coasts of Kissom
  • Loomer Waterfall
  • Nasrollah Khan Sardar Amjad (Amidossaltaneh) Winter Quarters Castle - dates back to Qajar Era. It has eight sides.
  • Nasrolah Khan Sardar Amjad (Amidossaltaneh) Summer Quarters Castle - in Aq Evlar Village.
  • Three - Floor Tombs Around the Lighthouse (Atashkadeh), and Remnants of Mard Ali Bil.
  • Aq Evlar Old Bath - located in a garden of Merian Village, built in Safavid Era ( 500 years ago).
  • Soobatan countryside.
  • Talesh Natural Park - covering an area of 80 acres (320,000 m2).
Gisoum forest road in Asalem, Gilan


Talesh is located on the southwestern coast of the Caspian Sea. Talesh County, covering an area of 2373 square kilometers, is ¼ of surface area of Gilan Province.

Talesh County has inland scenic areas in the Alborz mountain range, with intact natural habitats that are places for appreciating nature.



Generally speaking, the land of Talesh has been divided in three regions: Gaskarat (Masalli, Taskoh, Shanderman, Rezvashar, Hashtpar, Asalem, Astara); Foumanat (Fouman, Masoleh, and Shaft); and Azerbaijan Taloshian (Lankaran amongst others).[citation needed] In Gaskarat, the majority of people speak Taleshi and Farsi. In Foumanat, most speak Taleshi. Lastly, Talysh from neighboring Azerbaijan are often bilingual and trilingual, consisting of Taleshi, Azeri and Russian speakers.[5]

Gilaki and Taleshi are rapidly losing ground in many cities of Tavalesh due to heavy immigration of people from Azerbaijan.[6]


Sir Arnold Wilson wrote:

"Iran's primary inhabitants generations still in Gilan in the forest areas near a sea (Caspian sea) could be found, these people by Aryan desert settled people expelled from their fatherland and this started 2000 years before Christ and lasted for centuries Sir Arnold Wilson was talking about Taleshian. Land of old Aran which from past till now was the house of Taleshan, was in fact the place that Aryans migration started from many researchers know Kadousian or the ancestors of Taleshian as the old natives of present Iran before the Aryan immigration. Present Taleshian beside other Iranians have a sense of proud of being Iranian and Aryan and are one of the little Iranian communities that kept their pure and Aryan culture."[citation needed]


Talesh people at present are Sunni and Shia Muslims. Most of the southern and central Taleshian are Shia, and northern Taleshian are composed of both Shia and Sunni.


Rice has been cultivated in this region for many years, where some indigenous cultivars (landrace) were conventionally bred by farmers.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)". AMAR (in Persian). The Statistical Center of Iran. p. 01. Archived from the original (Excel) on 20 September 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1390 (2011)" (Excel). Iran Data Portal (in Persian). The Statistical Center of Iran. p. 01. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1395 (2016)". AMAR (in Persian). The Statistical Center of Iran. p. 01. Archived from the original (Excel) on 4 December 2020. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  4. ^ Livy, Ab urbe condita, xxxv. 48 Archived 2003-03-09 at the Wayback Machine; Polybius, Histories, v. 79; Historia Augusta: "Caracalla", 6; ibid., Historia Augusta: "The Two Valerians", 2.
  5. ^ Asatrian, G. and H. Borjian, 2005. Talish: people and language: The state of research. Iran and the Caucasus 9/1, p 43-72
  6. ^ Gilan. — X. Languages (author Donald Stilo), pp. 660. // Encyclopaedia Iranica. Volume X: Fisheries — Gindaros. Fascicle 6. Edited by Ehsan Yarshater. New York: Bibliotheca Persica Press, 2001, 672 pages. ISBN 0-933273-56-8

    ... In Gīlān there are three major Iranian language groups, namely Gīlakī, Rūdbārī, and Ṭālešī, and pockets of two other groups, Tātī and Kurdish. The non-Iranian languages include Azeri Turkish and some speakers of Gypsy (Romany, of Indic origin). Gīlakī is spoken by possibly three million people as a first or second language, and has had a budding literature and fledgling prose publications, including newspapers, but both Gīlakī and Ṭālešī are rapidly losing ground in many cities of Tavāleš due to heavy immigration of people from Azerbaijan. ...

  7. ^ Pazuki, Arman & Sohani, Mehdi (2013). "Phenotypic evaluation of scutellum-derived calluses in 'Indica' rice cultivars" (PDF). Acta Agriculturae Slovenica. 101 (2): 239–247. doi:10.2478/acas-2013-0020. Retrieved 2 February 2014.

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