“Handmade Iranian carpets from the grand bazaar of Isfahan. They adorn the living rooms in my sister’s house and mine.”
“When we were in Esfahan, we spotted a lot of these beautiful colored tiles (the ones they use for the mosaic in the mosques). We had to buy some of them! We ended up with 10 tiles and a little carpet. Since we are on a world trip, we shipped everything back to Switzerland. Unfortunately, not every tile made it home in one piece… but I guess this is what mosaic is about, right! :-)”
“The art and craft traditions are incredible in Iran. Carpets are obviously highly popular, but I was surprised by the diversity of patterns and weaving styles. But we were limited in space and weight in our backpack, so we bought a double-pocket saddle bag called Khorjin, highly colorful and a testament to Iran’s weaving legacy.”
“I bought a bunch of adorable small dolls from a shop on my way to Rasht, and then bought more in Massouleh. They are so adorable, and I gave them away as gifts and also kept about 10 at home. They are dolls of little girls as well as these grandparents’ elderly-looking dolls. They are not only so cute, but they also remind me of the strong family dynamics that is so heavily emphasized in Iran and the rest of Asia (same as Taiwan and China where my parents and grandparents are from).”
“The souvenir I took with me was a handmade Silver ring with wood engrave made in the local market of Shiraz, one of the oldest markets in the world; I love to walk and see the products they have there, also brought a lot of magnetics and postcards from the cities that we visited.”
“Iranian sweets and a fridge magnet”
“Tea! Lots and lots of tea! Half of my backpack was packed with tea on my way back from Iran, and now, whenever one of my friends goes to Iran, I ask them to bring me Persian tea. I’ve always been a big fan of black tea, but the one in Iran was extraordinary, the best one I’ve ever had. On my last day, I went to a small tea shop at Kashan market and spent all my money on tea – I didn’t regret it for a single moment.
My trip to Iran has also changed my perception of drinking tea. In Poland, most people make tea from bags since it’s convenient. I don’t think I’ve seen teabags anywhere in Iran; the tea served there was leafed, and now I can’t imagine drinking teabags anymore; they just don’t taste good, unlike the tea leaves.”
“For souvenirs, I took the traditional saffron, some high-quality, low-cost silk, great handmade leather bag, and a beautiful suit. All beautiful things and very affordable for European.”
“I took photos and stories for myself. For my family members, I bought a variety of things. Most notably, I bought my sister a lot of camel paraphernalia. These are our favorite animals (we had a stuffed camel that we shared, growing up), so it was special to bring back figurines and other camel-related toys from Iran.”
“I took home some beautiful material that I got in a market in Tehran. I used it to cover my head while I was in your country. Friends also took pocket knives as they were beautifully carved wood.”
“Ah, I’m not really one for souvenirs! As a full-time traveler, I’m very picky about what I put in my backpack. My only souvenirs were the rainbow manteau I bought to adhere to the local dress code (a must as a female traveler!), and the SIM card I used while in the country.”
“I actually didn’t get any souvenirs as I was traveling with the smallest of backpacks and budgets. However, when I go back to Iran, I would love to bring a carpet with me (of course) and some beautiful Minakari Plates.”
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