Are you asking yourself what to buy as an Iranian Souvenirs? When you travel to Iran, you will for sure visit its great bazaars in different cities as Shiraz, Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz, etc. All these bazaars are full of various interesting things mostly just found in Iran. So you have to know about what you will see there in advance, so that you don’t get confused there and know what to look for. So read the following article on “Iranian Souvenirs” written by Iran Destination group, a well-known Iran Tour Operator providing amazing Iran Tour Packages and Iran travel services.
No doubt everyone knows well how famous Persian carpets and rugs are. Most of Iran visitors decide to buy Persian carpet as a souvenir. So before buying it, pay attention to these points: First you have to pay attention to the knot count. A quality rug usually has at least 120 knots per square inch. Look at the back of a carpet, it has much to say. Handmade carpets have a soft backing and bigger knots. However machine made rugs are clearly uniform in knots. Second, you can look at the material. Hand woven Persian carpets are usually made of silk, wool, or a combination of silk and wool. Those which are 100% pure silk, have a shiny finish. But wool is the most common material used in rugs. The Best place to find Persian rug is Vakil Bazaar in Shiraz. It can be also found in Kashan, Isfahan, Tabriz and Tehran bazaars.
Iranian Pistachio, Nuts and Saffron
Most Iran visitors consider buying pistachio for themselves or as souvenir for their friends. Pistachios are sold in two shapes, shelled pistachios and pistachio seeds. If you like to buy shelled pistachio, you’d better buy “Akbari”, “Kale Qoochi” or “Ahmad Aqai” pistachios which are the most famous with the best quality among all; therefore, they are a bit more expensive.
Beside pistachio, there are various salted and unsalted dry fruits in every Iranian bazaar such as almonds, dates, melon seeds and other nuts of every size and shape which you cannot imagine! The salted nuts are constantly used by Iranians as snacks.
Saffron is another thing special to Iran and an indispensable part of Persian kitchen. This is also a good choice as a souvenir. To get more information about saffron, make sure to read our article on Persian Saffron.
Different cities in Iran have different handmade cloths special to themselves. In Isfahan you can find Ghalamkari, the traditional textile printing in which floral and geometric patterns are pressed onto cotton cloths. In Kerman, you can buy Pateh, which is really astonishing and can be defined as a naturally dyed, hand-sticed cloth made of wool. Likewise, in Yazdthe most famous cloth you can find is Termeh. Termeh is a luxurious, hand woven fabric which has fine threads of gold in it.
Persian tea (Chai)
The first thing that attracts your attention when you contact Iranian people during your trip to Iran, is how much Iranians drink tea during a day. So, it can be a good choice as a souvenir from Iran which reminds you of Persian culture. Persian black tea is most famous for its smell, color and TASTE. It is almost produced in Gilan province in north of Iran. If you want to know the best Persian tea brands, I can recommend you “Sargol tea”, “Momtaz tea” and “Chai Shekasteh”.
Beside the tea itself, you can buy a tea set featured with the so-called image of Shah Abbas. The red one is more authentic. If you have extra room in your baggage, you can even bring back a Samovar to have tea in true Iranian manner.
Persian Pottery and Ceramics
The oldest proofs from Iran history reveals that pottery even dates back before the Persian Empire. Lajin city in Hamedan is known as the city of pottery. In addition to Lajin, Meybod and Natanz also keep this old tradition alive with their hand-made dishes and mugs. If you pay a visit to the National Museum of Iran in Tehran, you can see great astonishing old Persian ceramics and potteries.