Kulob Welcoming Gate
Kulob (Tajik: Кӯлоб / Persian: کولاب, meaning swampy place, rushes), also Kulab or Kulyab (Russian: Куляб), is a city in Kulob district, Khatlon Province, Tajikistan. Located 203 km south-east of the capital Dushanbe on the Yakhsu River (a right tributary of Panj), it is one of the largest cities in the country (pop. 150,000 in 2010).
Part of the Khanate of Bukhara since the 16th century (the Emirate of Bukhara since the 18th century), the city changed its name from Khatlon to Kulob in 1750. In 1921 Soviet rule was established.
- Habib Borjian, "Kulab," in Encyclopædia Iranica (available at http://www.iranica.com).