Called as the industrial capital of Iran, Arak hosts several industrial factories inside and within a few kilometers outside the city. These factories produce nearly half of the needs of the country in steel, petrochemical, and locomotive industries.
Despite archeological finds around the city suggesting its history dates back to the Median (678 -549 BC) and Sassanid (224-651 CE) eras, the modern city of Arak was originally a fortress named Soltan Abad built near the village of Karahrud.
The city has cold, dry weather with warm summers, windy and cool autumns, cold and snowy winters, and mild springs. According to an inscription above the city’s traditional bazaar, Yusef Khan-e Gorji, who was also the governor of Soltan Abad, founded the city in 1808. The city’s name was officially changed to Arak in 1938.
The Arak, with its bold floral medallions, is one of the finest Persian carpets produced in Iran. The city has cold, dry weather with warm summers, windy and cool autumns, cold and snowy winters, and mild springs.