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For the village in Iran, see Howz, Iran.
The craftsmanship in designing a howz in Safavid Isfahan.
A small howz in a mosque in Tehran shaped in the traditional form of two squares rotated 45 degrees.

In traditional Persian architecture, a howz (pool) is a centrally positioned symmetrical axis pool.

If in a sahn of a mosque, it is used for performing ablutions. If in a traditional house or private courtyard, it is used for bathing, aesthetics or both.

The howz is an essential element of the Persian garden.

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