Kerman is the center of the Kerman province located 1022 KM south-east of Tehran. Around 2 million people live in the Kerman province and 340,000 of them live in its central city-
It is an ancient city and during the Achaemenids dynasty it was called Botia. It has some of the oldest urban developments of the province, perhaps dating back around 2000 years.
Kerman is a center of trade in the region. It also is a major carpet production center of the country. The carpets are hand woven in hundreds of small workshops all around the city.