Jean Chardin (November 16, 1643-5, January 17, 1713) was a jeweler and French traveler, that his 10-volume book “Travels of Sir Jean Chardin”, known as one of the best works of Western scholars about Iran and the Near East. He was born in Paris and studied there. His father was a jeweler and he learned from a childhood familiarity with gemstones and jewelry.
His family, who was a Protestant sect, had problems with the Catholic Church and French authorities, so he was not interested in staying in France, and at the age of 22, he began his first trip to this six-year trip (1665-1664). Iran attracted more attention than other countries.
During his second trip (August 17, 1671), a businesswoman named Lesco accompanied him, and finally, in the summer of 1673, They arrived in Isfahan and until 1677 AD. They stayed in this city. Then he went to India and after two years he left for Europe. This was his last visit to Iran. He received the title of “business-king” from Shah Abbas II.
His work has been used as the best source for diverse studies on Safavid era history, government, economics, anthropology, religion, art, and culture
Examples of Jean Chardin’s drawings and drawings of Iranian cities and monuments: