Tuyserkan County in the western province of Hamadan is known as the hub of Iran’s furniture manufacturing and wood carving thanks to its large number of walnut trees and the creative and hardworking people living there.
Located 85 kilometres off the provincial capital of Hamadan, Tuyserkan is home to people and entrepreneurs who have opted to stay in their hometown and start their businesses from scratch instead of migrating to metropolises in search of menial jobs.
According to Farsi report by the Jame Jam Online new website, more than 10,000 people in the county are involved in furniture industry in over 4,000 workshops.
There is an interesting story behind the county’s success in becoming Iran’s furniture manufacturing centre. Close to 40 years ago, two young men from Tuyserkan set out on a journey to the Iranian capital, Tehran, looking for jobs. They, however, soon returned to their hometown, as they could not find any decent jobs in Tehran, and set up their own furniture manufacturing workshop.
They employed their family members and trained them in making furniture and the art of wood carving. These family members, per se, set up their own workshops and trained their relatives and friends to gradually help the county achieve its present status in the country’s furniture industry.
Currently, more than 65,000 sets of furniture are being manufactured in Tuyserkan per annum.