Pearl Palace

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Pearl Palace
Kakh-e Morvarid
Alternative names Kakh-e Shams
كاخ شمس
General information
Type Estate
Town or city Mehrshahr, Alborz Province
Country Iran
Completed approximately 1972
Cost $3.5 million[1]
Client Princess Shams Pahlavi
Mehrdad Pahlbod
Owner Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization
Technical details
Floor area 50,000 square ft
Design and construction
Architect William Wesley Peters
Architecture firm Taliesin Associated Architects
Structural engineer Thomas Casey
Other designers Stephen M. Nemtin
Frances Nemtin
Cornelia Brierly

Pearl Palace (kakh-e Morvarid in Persian, also known as kakh-e Shams - (كاخ مرواريد ( شمس) is a large estate designed by Taliesin Associated Architects on instructions from Shams Pahlavi, elder sister of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran. It was built in the early 1970s and it is located in Mehrshahr near Karaj, Iran.


The majority of the complex is currently occupied by a local Baseej chapter who are neglecting its upkeep. Small parts are open to the public as a result of pressure from the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran.

The building was recognized as a cultural value only in 2002, and registered by the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran. It is currently in need of massive repairs.


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Coordinates: 35°47′16″N 50°53′12″E / 35.78778°N 50.88667°E / 35.78778; 50.88667