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Shopping for carpets in Shiraz? Maybe it's not such a good idea... Generally-speaking they are not of the finest Iranian quality - and there are no carpet-weavers in Shiraz, either - onlt a few in some of the surrounding villages or tribes... If you find one that you really like then you should remember not to place it on the floor but to hang it on a wall, or else it would tear apart very soon.
What to buy: The most important motif is often the repeated diamond (lozenge) running along the lenght of the carpet, at the centre. Recurring smaller decorations are plants (often pines, palms and cypresses) and flowers (often roses and lilies) - occasionally little birds, too.
The traditional colours are red, brown, yellow and blue.
Updated Jun 13, 2008
The bazaar, which Karim Khan had built in the city, is unique in Iran for its size, solidity and the beauty of its brickwork. The bazaar is located in the city center of the town and has always been the business quarter. Here are the coppersmiths at their craft, makers of fine inlaid woodwork called khatam kari, delicately fashioning mosaics for jewel-boxes and fine tribal carpets called kilims of different dimensions.
What to buy: Emerging from the blazing mid day courtyard of the mosque, the visitor will rest his eyes by pursuing the winding lanes of the Regent's Bazaar. Adjoining the mosque, it may also offer a good hunting ground for keen photographers.
Situated at the end of the bazaar, Saray-e Moshir is a new addition to the city's tourist attractions. Over the past century, Saray-e Moshir was the center of transactions for the merchants of Vakil Bazaar. Its architecture is that of original Iranian style which has been repaired with certain minor alterations. The restaurant in this place, serves the visitors with most delicious Persian dishes. Also, there are some small pavilions where Persian handicrafts are displayed for sale
Written Jul 13, 2005
there is various shops in vakil bazaar.Art works , Local Crafts , Antiques , ...
Tourists mainly are attracted to vakil bazaar for it's history but when they are there, they can find many things to buy. usually local crafts are the main attractions.
Written Jun 25, 2005
The wonderful smell of the spice stalls in the Vakil Bazaar perfume the area all around. Spices, dried flower petals, herbs and dried fruits are piled in to copper bowls in a mini-mountain range of brilliant colour, while tea, rice and other dried goods are displayed in sacks and boxes . It all looks so fresh and bursting with flavour -and it is.
What to buy: Iranian tea is excellent - large, loosely rolled leaves, it makes a very smooth brew that doesn't ever seem to get the harsh stewed taste that can make tea unpleasant. You only need a small amount to make a really good brew.
As you would expect, spices are another good buy in Iran, but do only buy them in small amounts - ground spice soon loses its flavour. Saffron is THE flavour of Iran, and if you want to cook Iranian dishes at home, you should also look out for dried limes (if your country's quarantine laws will allow their importation), tangerine shreds and flower essences - particularly rose and orange blossom
Written May 2, 2005
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