Yazd is a city in central Iran and the capital of the Yazd province. It is an ancient city dating back to the Sassanian Period (224-651 AD). The province has an area of 131,575 km², and according to the most recent divisions of the country, is divided into ten counties: Abarkuh County, Ardakan County, Bafq County, Behabad County, Khatam County, Mehriz County, Meybod County, Ashkezar County, Taft County, and Yazd County. Yazd which is located 270 km southeast of Isfahan province has a population of approximately 560,000 and attracts a growing number of tourists.
The city is located at 1,203 m (3,947 ft) above sea-level, and covers 16,000 km2 (6,200 sq mi). The city is hot and dry in summer due to its location, which is between the two main deserts of Dasht-e Kavir and the Kavir-e Lut. Traditionally, Yazd is famous for Termeh, the brocade made with Iranian patterns and used in dresses, bags, footwear and interior decoration.