News ID: 317261
Published: 1142 GMT October 20, 2021
PART TWO

Unique souvenirs to buy in Iran

Unique souvenirs to buy in Iran
theotheriran.com

Strolling through any bazaar in Iran, you’ll probably have no clue what to buy to bring back home as souvenirs unless you already have some ideas.

The rich diversity, especially in Iranian handicrafts and confectionery, makes it difficult to pick a few items among the many available options that are in front of you, theculturetrip.com reported.

In the first part of this article, we introduced some of the most famous souvenirs of Iran. In Part Two, you’ll get information about a number of other top souvenirs of the country.

 

Khatamkari

 

Khatamkari is the Persian art of marquetry. Fine pieces of wood, bone, and metal are inlaid to create all kinds of decorative objects including jewelry boxes, picture frames, backgammon boards, and others. While some are pure khatamkari, others have miniatures painted on the top, another typical form of Iranian art. These make great gifts for friends although you’ll probably want one for yourself, too.

 

Ceramics and pottery

 

A visit to the National Museum of Iran will tell you that pottery has had a long history in the country and dates back even before the Persian Empire. These days, cities like Lalejin in western province of Hamedan and Meybod and Natanz in central province of Yazd, keep this age-old tradition alive with hand-painted dishes and mugs. Decorative objects made in typical Persian forms like pomegranates, horses, and birds will be the ones that truly remind you of Iran.

 

Tea set

 

Iranians are big tea drinkers, so it’s not unusual to find several teapots and sets of glasses for every occasion in any given household. A set of saucers, tea glasses, and teapot featuring the so-called image of Shah Abbas (the 5th king of Safavid Dynasty (1501–1736 CE), makes for great use or just decoration. Make sure you get it in red for extra authenticity. If you have extra room in your suitcase, you could even bring back the samovar to brew tea in true Iranian fashion!

 

Qalamzani

 

As you wind your way through the grand bazaar of Isfahan in central province of Isfahan,towards the sounds of steady banging, artists engaging in metal engraving will come into view. The art of qalamzani involves skilled craftsmen embossing gold, silver, bronze, and copper to create elaborate designs on trays, plates, vases, and silverware. What could make this souvenir even more memorable is that you might pick up a personalized piece that the artist just finished.

 

Turquoise

 

The city of Neishabur in southeastern Province of Khorasan Razavi Province, the northwestern part of Iran, is not just famous for the poet Omar Khayyam, but also for the purity of its turquoise. Just outside this town are mines from which this precious stone is extracted, then shaved and shaped in to pendants, rings, and other jewelry.

Turquoise is also used in art forms such as firoozeh koobi, the art of hammering small pieces of turquoise into copper. In Persian culture, turquoise is said to have healing properties, detoxify the body, and protect against the evil eye. Shades of blue are omnipresent in Iranian mosques and palaces, and turquoise is a way to take it back home.

 

 

   
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