Isfahan was designated a World Crafts City in September 2005 by the World Crafts Council. The network includes seven creative fields, namely, crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music. In light of Isfahan’s world-class fame in handicrafts, it secured a berth in the first of the seven fields in question: crafts and folk art. Since 2004, 116 cities have joined the networks. It is the first time a city from the Islamic Republic of Iran has made it to the list of creative cities.