Balan, Kaleybar

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Balan July 2011
Balan July 2011
Balan is located in Iran
Coordinates: 38°52′32″N 46°48′26″E / 38.87556°N 46.80722°E / 38.87556; 46.80722Coordinates: 38°52′32″N 46°48′26″E / 38.87556°N 46.80722°E / 38.87556; 46.80722
Country  Iran
Province East Azerbaijan
County Kaleybar
Bakhsh Central
Rural District Misheh Pareh
Population (2006)
 • Total 90
Time zone IRST (UTC+3:30)
 • Summer (DST) IRDT (UTC+4:30)

Balan (Persian: بالان‎‎, also Romanized as Bālān)[1] is a village in Misheh Pareh Rural District, in the Central District of Kaleybar County, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 90, in 11 families.[2]

Balan Rug.

Balan was famous for the quality of the carpets which were woven there. These carpets, known as **Balan Rug**, had a size of approximately 1x4 m2 and a characteristic pattern. The village also produced turnips prized in surrounding villages for its taste. Finally, Safar Khan, the legendary orthopedist was thought to have acquired his talent via divine intervention.

Balan has a significant potential for ecotourism due to its proximity to the pastures of Agdash. In past the location was a transient for migrating nomads of Mohammad Khanlu tribe. Early in May, the tribes would halt there for few days before leaving for their summer quarters. Nowadays, the number of nomads have dwindled, still few nomadic families occasionally pitch their tents on the hill-tops.


  1. ^ Balan can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3829212" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
  2. ^ "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)". Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original (Excel) on 2011-11-11.