For this reason, it is inappropriate to ask questions about an Iranian’s wife or other female relatives.Although the custom in Iran is to only have 1 or 2 children, the extended family is usually very close; forming an tight network.
The people from the inner circle can be relied upon to: offer advice, help find a job, or cut through bureaucracy.
The ‘taarof’ cusom is a system of politeness that includes both verbal and non-verbal communication.
Iranians protest compliments and attempt to appear vulnerable in public.
Iran is a proud and ancient civilisation which, in addition to current day Islamic customs and practices, has also preserved many pre-Islamic customs.
So before visiting Iran get some insight into Iranian etiquette and customs.
The family is extremely important in Iran, and customs relating to the family place it at the core of the social structure.
It is custom for female relatives to be protected from outside influences and are taken care of at all times.
When they are in public, they must conform to accepted modes of behaviour – which are often legally dictated.
It is only within their homes among their inner circle that they feel free to be themselves and family members are always part of the inner circle.