Top Souvenirs of Iran which Make Your Trip Memorable “New Article 2019”
Souvenirs can make memories of a travel in a way that every time you catch a glimpse of your souvenirs you will be surrounded by a flow of remembrance from the travel time. Souvenirs act like photos and even memorial notebooks that connect your present time with a sweet past. Have you ever thought what to buy in Iran as souvenirs? So, if you are the kind who looks for buying souvenirs in Iran during your travel, follow us to get familiar with the best Iran souvenirs that you cannot find in any other parts of the world.
As a historical country with a rich cultural and artistry heritage inherited from its early inhabitants, Iran has been famous for flourishing gifted artists who have been used to create unique works of art. The moment you visit Iran traditional bazaars, you will be amazed by what you see; from the almost disappearing yet creative handicrafts which attempt to survive in the middle of modern hustle and bustle of art markets to the traditional artists who are the creators of these handmade artworks will catch your eyes. Next to these wonderful handicrafts as Iran souvenirs, in different cities in Iran, especially Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz and Kerman you will probably end up in nut shops or sweet shops where you will be affected by the smell and taste of Iranian nuts and sweets. You may find them good choices as souvenirs to keep them with you at home or to present them to your best friends and families.
Below we suggest you a few choices as Iranian souvenirs:
• Popular Fabrics
Depending on the city you visit, the quality, timber, weaving-style methods, instruments and reputation of Iranian hand-woven fabrics varies. For example, embroidered fabrics of Isfahan, which are produced with geometric and floral designs, are among Iran’s most famous souvenirs which have big fans among tourists. Specific embroidered fabrics called Pateh are also souvenirs of Kerman. They are decorative wool fabrics, hand-woven and painted with natural colors. Another kind which is quite well-known is called Termeh. Manufactured in various forms such as wallets, shoes, tablecloths and even jewelry boxes, it is practically the most famous handicrafts of Yazd historical city. In general, these hand-woven colorful fabrics are dead popular souvenirs that tourists take home from Iran; their value is based on the fact that all are handmade.
Exquisite handmade fabrics can be found in Iran among which Pateh has become one of the most precious and beautiful needlework fabrics. Many tourists traveling to Kerman cannot resist the temptation to buy these fabrics after visiting Ganjali Khan Bazar. Pateh come in many different designs, colors, and sizes to buy. If you also traveled to Kerman, we suggest you buy this traditional fabric.
Giveh is attributed to traditional shoes in Iran, mostly found in mountainous areas of Zagros including Kermanshah and Abadeh County in Fars Province. The best quality of these traditional shoes are usually made from a woven leather pad and woolen vamp. Because of their perforated surface, Giveh are widely used by Zagros locals in summer. Fortunately, the young artists in Western cities of Iran have caught the attentions of the young generation, designing and making modern types of Giveh. Of course, tourists do not buy these shoes for walking! They usually hang these unique artworks on the walls or shelves of their houses to enjoy Iranian rich culture.
• Handmade Persian Carpet
Everyone admits that Persian carpets and rugs are well-known and popular souvenirs of Iran. Although the majority of Iranians do not publish books or talk philosophy, they express their thoughts and ideas in the handicrafts they create. A perfect example is Persian carpets where philosophy, art and even math come together to expose a creative and unique design that amazes everyone. These rugs are usually expensive due to their rich complicated designs that are quite hard to weave, but if you are not able to afford the best kind of Persian hand-woven carpets, you might want to spend on cheaper (smaller or pictorial) types like a mat, Gabbeh or kilim (in Persian “Gelim”) that are rough types of carpets. Tourists usually buy small rugs to fit in their luggage.
• Enamel Utensil
When you travel to Isfahan, you will find out why the city is dubbed as “Half of the World”. No wonder Iran’s most famous handicrafts have come from this city. One of the most famous souvenirs in Iran, especially Isfahan, are enamel works. These artworks are copper vessels delicately decorated with birds or miniature flowers on the surface. They are usually painted in blue but green and red enamel works are also available in the market. At Isfahan Bazaar and some other cities in Iran, you can find pots, plates, cups and other decorative enamel utensil.
• Inlaid Artworks
Inlaid works are among the most popular wooden handicrafts in Iran. Inlaid artists combine wood, metal and bone to create works that will catch every viewer’s eyes. These works usually include jewelry boxes, photo frames, backgammons and many others that are beautifully decorated. Although their price varies depending on their quality and size, the smaller ones are quite affordable and extremely beautiful and practical especially for the artists and those who value handmade artworks.
• Clay works and Pottery
Tourists realize the importance and antiquity of pottery in Iran, when visiting the Museum of Ancient Iran in Tehran. As soon as they leave the museum, many of them ask the guide to take them to a shopping mall to buy Iranian ceramics! Cities like Lalejin in Hamedan, Maybod in Yazd and Natanz in Isfahan are the most famous ones where the pottery industry is prevalent. Ceramics then are another popular souvenirs to remind you of Iran.
• Turquoise and Firouzeh koubi
Turquoise is one of the precious expensive ornamental stones among precious stones found only in certain parts of the world, including Iran. The city of Neyshabur in Northeastern Iran is not only famous for the wise Persian poet, Khayam, but it is also known for having the best turquoise stones in the world. The turquoise of the mines in Neyshabur are beautifully carved and used in various forms of jewelry. Turquoise are mostly found in Mashhad and Neyshabur but also other jewelry stores all over Iran. They can also be seen in the form of Firouzeh Koubi which is the art of embedding turquoise onto the copper vessels, making them a wonderful souvenirs for travelers. In order to distinguish Iranian turquoise from its American peer, you might pay attention to the rough and darks veins of Persian turquoise.
Miniature art and miniature paintings which are also found in Japan, the Far East and China, have big fans among Iranian artists, too. In fact, it is only in Iran, Isfahan in specific, that you can find miniature shops. They sell the copy versions of wonderful paintings by Hossein Behzad and Mahmoud Farshchian, two well-known miniature painters from Shiraz and Isfahan, respectively. Miniatures are nowadays brought from the palaces on thin sheets of camel bones and painting papers. If you stroll through the beautiful palaces built during Safavid era such as Chehelsotoun, Hasht-Behesht, Ali Qapu and even gardens like the Fin Garden in Kashan, you will find excellent miniature paintings.
Many miniature paintings are drawn on white boards with having a strong magnifiers and special brushes. They are so delicate that even you, as a viewer, need to use a magnifier, to see the details. The price of each miniature artwork varies depending on the artist and his/her skills. The price affects the size and theme of the picture, as well. Usually, tourists are thrilled to see the works of miniatures. They gaze at the work of Iranian painters in miniature shops in Isfahan for hours and eventually buy the most beautiful works. Interestingly enough, some painters even paint miniature on decorative boxes which makes them more valuable and doubles the prices as it is not at all a simple and easy job to do.
Furthermore, a large number of travelers from other countries, look for traditional, painted tea sets or different vessels made of gold, bronze and copper. What mentioned above is a small part of artworks Iranian have been capable of doing, since ancient times and they really deserve detailed description and attention.
- Foodstuffs (Nuts and Sweets)
Iranian foodstuff including sweets and nuts are popular among tourists of the world! Many of them would like to try the highest quality of Gaz, a popular sweet in Isfahan. Naqshe-Jahan square and the neighborhood of Jolfa in Isfahan are typical places tourists buy Gaz; however, there are famous producers of Gaz such as “Kermani” and “Mozaffari” which sell high-quality and up-to-standard production which come with pistachios. Since they are fresh and popular enough, you can find this type of Gaz in the producer’s branch workshops or sweet shops if you are in time. Note that they are more expensive than other types.
Moreover, Iranian pistachio is widely popular which are sometimes referred to as green gold. Pistachios of Kerman, Damghan and Sabzevar are well-liked inside the country, much of them are exported. Harvesting pistachio is being done every year in September and early October when you can also buy fresh pistachio (quite scrumptious) at this time.
In addition, one of Iran’s most famous souvenirs is called the Red Gold, that is, saffron. Qaenat saffron, in Southern Khorasan is one of the best kinds in the world to the extent that it has been exported to many countries. In addition, another high-quality type of saffron has been well-known in Estahban County, Fars Province.
Besides, the rose flower (Muhammadi), cultivated mostly in Kashan has its own fans. Distillated from the rose flower, the rosewater is a drink you cannot resist to. Once you open the door of rosewater bottle you can amazingly smell it all over the place at home. Except for Gaz, Sohan and Pistachio, “each” Iranian city has its own specific sweets that have become widely popular among travelers.
• Caraway (Cumin)
Kerman is the birthplace of caraway (in Persian, “Zireh”) in Iran where the excellent kind of caraway grows in mountains known as “Hezar Mountain”. There are various kinds of Zireh of which the black one has the top quality while all the types can be cooked or smashed to be used as special spices in different kinds of foods. Since Eastern people are much into spices, caraway has big fans in these countries. For example, Arabs make a dish by mixing it with pepper and honey, but Iranians usually use it try caraway with rice. They also distill this spice to consume as a herbal medicine as it is healthy for the abdominal pains.
Besides the fresh figs Iranians consume as fruits during summer, they produce dried figs, too. Estahban, Fars Province, is home to the greatest land in the world for production of dried figs. The provincial fig farms has more than 2 million fig trees which produce all of the dried figs grown in Iran. Estahban fig trees thrive in the valley’s hot dry summer sun. You will find dried figs dead delicious with a cup of tea. If you are interested in fresh figs, then you might want to come by Pol Dokhtar, Lorestan Province which is famous for its fresh black figs.
Date is one of the crops growing in hot and humid areas of Southern Iran. Exporting dates are among the souvenirs of Iran, and it is highly recommended for you to buy a box of dates for yours friends and families as souvenirs. Visiting the palm trees of Southern Iran including Khuzestan Province you will face hospitable people as well as warm atmosphere; besides, you will find high quality dates!
• Caviar (Black Pearl)
Having a fantastic reputation in the world, Iranian caviar is world-class. Today, Iran exports caviar next to its other finest exporting items. It is obtained from the best sturgeon in the Caspian Sea, usually near Bandar Torkaman, Golestan Province. Interestingly, it has never been using in Persian cuisine and it could hardly be found in restaurants because it is one of the priciest products in Iran. But you might easily find the best quality in duty-free shops in IKA (International Khomeini Airport).