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    Magic carpets

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 10, 2005

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    Everywhere you go in Iran, there they are - wonderful carpets - hanging from doorways, displayed in elegant shop windows, laid out on the floor; all sizes - tiny mats, small rugs, long runners, room-sized carpets; rainbow coloured tribal rugs, faded kilims, delicate silk gardens, naive jejems - tempting you, saying "Take me home." And the carpet saleman, so charming and persuasive.

    How do you choose?

    What to buy: If you'll take some advice from a carpet addict -

    Before you leave home -
    Do a little research
    Visit a local carpet shop and get an idea of what you like, the colours, the patterns.
    Take a note of prices at home for the rugs you like
    Think about where you will put your rug when you get home, what size will you need?

    When you get there -
    Take your time.
    Relax, drink some tea
    Look at lots of rugs, then go away, have a cup of tea, think about it, and then go and look at some more.
    Set yourself a budget and stick to it.
    When you see a rug you really like, discuss the price, be polite but be cool, say you'll come back.
    Have another cup of tea.
    Only buy from a salesman you've enjoyed dealing with.
    Don't buy anything you don't really love.

    Think of the whole exercise as part of your Iranian experience. If you love the rug and you've paid what you can afford, you're doing fine.

    What to pay: Don't expect to get your rug for nothing.
    Of course you'll bargain for it, but don't insult the salesman. If it's a carpet worth having, he'll have a bottom price that he won't go below. Whatever you pay, it will be much less than the same rug would be back home and why lose out on something you'll treasure for the sake of those last few dollars? Are you ever coming back to Iran?

    This one? or a fine silk  Hamadan maybe? ...or how about this one?
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    Any nut and/or fruit shop: Dates from Bam

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 15, 2005

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    As well as its magnificent citadel (sadly and catastophically damaged in the devastating 2003 earthquake), Bam is famed for its dates. Anyone in Iran will tell you they are the best you can get, and I would have to agree. Small and black with an intense flavour that is the very essence of a date and a wonderful, almost liqueur-like, texture they are quite simply suberb.

    Treat yourself.
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    Golden spice

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world and Iran produces 90% of the world's supply. Why is it so expensive? It is the stamen of the autumn crocus, each flower produces 3 stamens, and it takes 20,000 stamens to produce just 100grams of the spice - every one of which must be picked by hand in the short (3 week) flowering season.
    The Iranian saffron industry is very well regulated and you can be sure that any saffron you buy there is the real thing, which is not the case in some other countries.
    Saffron is one of Iran's favourite spices so you will find it for sale everywhere.

    What to buy: Saffron is usually sold in flat round plastic boxes of 5 grams weight. That makes it very easy to pack and any keen cook would be delighted to have some. Make sure you buy whole saffron (the stamens), not powder.

    What to pay: About $5 for 5 grams

    $1000 a kilo!
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    Gift and handicraft shops everywhere: The finest mosaic

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 15, 2005

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    You'll see this work everywhere you go in Iran -minute, intricate mosaic inlay, on boxes, trays, photo frames, coasters, anything it can be applied to. Of course the quality of the work varies and you will get what you pay for, but there is something for every budget and to fit every suitcase or backpack. You will even find the patterns printed on to tinware containers for sweets and trays for nuts and dried fruits. The best work is a delicate mix of stained woods, cream and coloured bone and gilded points, the result of hours and hours of painstakingly accurate workmanship, lacquered as smooth as silk.

    Such fine work
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    Lavashak

    by suvanki Updated Jun 21, 2008

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    I developed a serious liking for this Iranian fruit snack, and sampled many flavours and types during my trip.

    Lavashak is made by cooking, then pulping fruit - either just one type or as a mix of fruits. The puree is then spread thinly on greased trays, and left to cool then set.

    My first Lavashak hit was a commercially produced 7 fruits variety, which had me hooked, with its contrast of sweet and slightly sour taste.

    Majid had bought this packet from a roadside stall on the Rasht - Qazvin road. We spent the rest of the journey tearing off strips of the dark red fruit paste and chewing happily. During my trip, we bought more packets to eat while driving along

    In Masuleh, I was pleased to find a man selling tubs of home made lavashak, he offered me a piece to try. This was even better - it was more moist than the commercial variety.
    I managed to limit myself to just one tub!

    On my last night in Iran, my guide (Majid 2) had invited me to eat with his family, I left with a sheet of homemade lavashak, that one of their friends made! This was quite a bit tougher, but it lasted longer .

    I was hoping to stock up with packets of Lavashak at the airport, to take home for presents for friends - OK, for myself!!!! Sadly, I didn't see any.

    Think I'm going to have to find a stockist on t'internet to keep me going 'til I visit Iran again!

    Lavashak stall
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    Wonderous Iranian Carpet

    by RoseAmano Updated Aug 21, 2005

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    From my rather scant knowledge, learned from Japanese "Chikyu no Arukikata" Guidebook, visiting a number of Persian Carpet shops in Japan, as well as chatting with salespersons here in Iran:

    Wool from Dry Iranian Highlands is the most suitable material, as it is resilient.

    More valued now are the natural dyes rather than synthetic. Such natural substances include madder plant, pomegranite skin, indigo, walnut shell, wheat husks, grape seeds, and others.

    Iranian people themselves are valued consumers of Persian Carpets for long history, and is essential item from their newlywed life.

    The carpets have value comparable to estate assets worth, such as real estate or cash assets.

    The carpets becomes more beautiful with proper usage and value increases as antique property (I heard it takes around 70 + years to qualify as "antique", and about 30-70 to quality as "old"). Part of the cleaning process (perhaps every 10 years) includes shaving a wee bit off the top when there is UV fading.
    (Isn't this an interesting parallel to the human life span? Now... when shall I schedule that anti-ageing laser dermabrasion???)

    Look at the reverse side of the carpet to determine "laji", i.e. how many knots per 7 cms. Typically, wool carpet have 30-70 knots, whereas silk would have 55-70 (excellent could have 100 knots).

    What to buy: Different regions of Iran Carpets each with own specialty are:
    Esfahan-style, typically with silk weft and wool pile, with long history.
    Qom-style, whose production history is quite new, but with using fine silks and fine knot density, has become the top standard and internationally favoured for high end pure silk, fine cloth-thin carpet.
    Other styles are Kashan-style, Tabriz-style, Naeen-style, Bahktiyari-style, Gashgahi-style, Turkmen-style...

    You can purchase the carpet depending on how you like to use it, generally wool is recommended if using on the floor at your inner lobby or living room with furniture upon it.

    Silk is recommended for spreading upon Japanese-style Tatami rooms or upon fine furniture, but of course any good use according to your imagination is perfect!

    Roseamano's Persian Carpet
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    Souvenirs

    by rsudic Written Aug 23, 2008

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    Best shopping in Iran is in Esfahan and Shiraz if we talk about souvenirs.

    You can negotiate about each piece you want to purchase.

    Carpets and kilims are extraordinary and even if you think it's expensive and seller will rip of your skin, you'll pay nothing compared to prices in Europe/USA.

    Also there are some local crafts tipical for region and you should consider to buy as a present. Camel bone artist are popular and their miniatures can be easily found in central Esfahan and Shirazi bazaar.
    Picture frames are nice too. Glassware is amazing. Jewelery is popular in Iran.

    If you buy any of this, try to find place where they manufacture and sell because you'll pay directly to producer without margin paid to retailers.

    What to pay: Never pay first price.
    Never cut first, let him do it.
    Be nice and polite, but not naive.
    Always ask for discount.
    Be sure you know few words in Farsi.
    Be sure you know how they write numbers, that's how sometimes you can pull for "price for locals".
    You don't have to buy if you don't like product no matter how pushy they can be.
    Comparing to other nations, Iranians are really good and nice retailers.

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    In Bazaars, Hotel Shops, Shopping Centres througho: Iran's Wonderous Persian Rugs

    by RoseAmano Updated Aug 20, 2005

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    These carpets were purchased in various shops in Esfahan. Recommended particularly; two shops within Abbasi Hotel as well as some shops across the street from the hotel, as the best quality are available here, and certificates of authenticity with shop name are offered. Credit cards are also welcome in these shops, but the discounting leverage is somewhat reduced in such case.

    Also, Mehrabad Airport Duty Free Shop in Tehran has many lovely selections of all sizes and quality, including a decent selection of the rather hard-to-find very tiny (about hand towel size) gift-size silk carpets. The shopkeeper informed me that the pre-tagged prices are government-regulated (however, I do not know if further discount negotiation may be done in this situation). The government prices are about the same as those after a good negotiation session final price in the city shops. Unfortunately, as only cash is accepted even at the duty free shop, purchasing more carpets was each side of our loss since I ran out of cash by the end of my journey!

    What to pay: Really, just like when purchasing an automobile, diamond or other "estate asset", it all depends on the quality!

    Roseamano's collection of Persian Carpets
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    purchased at Mehrabad Duty Free Shop: Sohan - yummy sweets!

    by RoseAmano Updated Aug 20, 2005

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    I'm not sure exactly how Sohan is created, but due to reading various accounts, including one here on VT, I sought this sweet intentionally. It is very yummy indeed.

    This tin says in English:
    Saffron, Flour, Sugar, Wheat Sprout, Butter, Yolk, Almond, Cardamoms, Pistachio.

    It is not hard candy, I think it tastes something like carmellised coconut, perhaps the flour is for biting ease. The photo here is the smallest size available, even though it's better to eat in the same quanity as a chocolate bar due to the richness!

    This will last me a long time, if I'm careful how to eat. :-)

    What to pay: Not so expensive, maybe around $10 or so US dollars?

    Iranian Sohan Sweets
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    Saffron!

    by RoseAmano Updated Aug 20, 2005

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    I love Saffron. In rice, and in Indian Desserts. My cupboard smells lovely, just by storing the unopened tins. Well, as TheWanderingCamel has already made an excellent commentary about Iran's Saffron, I'll suffice only to add the English Description found on the back of this box of Farzad Saffron:

    "Not only Saffron is used in most of foods, drinks, desserts, sweets, and cakes for its fantastic and pleasant odor and color, but also it is appetite stimulant, refresher, exhilarant, and brighterner of face, dilutents of blood, sexual strengthen and regulator of nervous system. Nothing can replace Natural saffron".

    So, I'm glad to know it is healthy food too!
    This is Mashad-produced Saffron by Payehe Khorasan Co. and the expiry is two years post-production.

    What to pay: For all the content on the tin plate in the Box only, about $10-$15 US dollars, I think. (The other bottle is another company and another price.)

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    Actually quite hard to find in Iran...: Iran Sturgeon Caviar - Finest Taste

    by RoseAmano Updated Aug 20, 2005

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    ...but perhaps easier to find in restaurants along Caspian Sea???

    It seems that Sturgeon Caviar is not classified as "Iranian Cuisine", and that the Industry is designed mainly for export.

    As far as we asked where we could eat in Tehran, it seems that only the Japanese Restaurant "Serina" (almost next door to Homa Hotel) offers Iranian Caviar Sushi. Many Japanese who visit here are quite keen to try Iran Caviar, but we did not get a chance to eat here.

    What to buy: This Asetra had extremely fine taste, very buttery, with the right amount of saltiness.

    What to pay: We did however, find two varieties at Mehrabad International Airport Duty-Free shop, Beluga Caviar (about $200 for 50 g), and Asetra Caviar (as pictured here about $100 for 50g). The production date on the jar was just one day prior to our purchase(!), and keeps maximum freshness 3 months unopened, or 9 hours after opening.

    Remember that even Duty Free Shops accept only cash (US dollars or Iranian Rials) no credit cards, much to the loss of the shopkeeper (and us), as our cash level was nearly zero upon leaving the country!

    Iranian Asetra Caviar
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    Easily Found in the Bazaars: Iranian Cotton Print Cloth Garam Khal

    by RoseAmano Written Aug 20, 2005

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    Garam Khal is made by a woodblock print upon cotton material with natural material ink (the synthetic inks should be accordingly cheaper), such as traditionally red, beige and mustard colour, also with blue and black.
    Typically used as tablecloths, bedspreads. Price-wise makes fine gifts.
    You may see the maker printed on the reverse, and oftentimes the master printer working in his shop in the bazaar. They are quite keen to show prospective buyers their work in progress, as well as their history of being interviewed by international media.

    What to pay: Reasonable prices, and not a "major purchase" compared to say, carpets.

    Iranian Cotton Print Cloth Garam Khal
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    Found in all the bazaars: So Cute!!! "Persian Carpet" mouse pads!!

    by RoseAmano Updated Aug 20, 2005

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    I have to admit I fell for the temptation of "cuteness". I first noticed one being used by the attendant at our hotel's internet cafe, and afterward noticed them everywhere in the bazaars.

    Excellent souvenier gift, don't you think?

    What to pay: Not very much at all! Even by bargaining, it is a matter of saving a few dozen cents...

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    Detail of Iranian Embedded Inlay "Hahtam Khali"

    by RoseAmano Updated Aug 21, 2005

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    A typical design is produced by bundling long triangular rods about 10-15cm length, and 1-2mm width. Each rod comprises for example wood, camel bone, brass, shell, etc. Results of this bundle becomes a roughly pencil diameter and pencil-length "inlay rod", whereby the cross-cut shape of this rod reveals the hexagonal or triangle beautiful design.

    The "inlay rod" is then embedded upon wooden or camel bone substrate, one patch at a time, whereby after embedment the remaining inlay rod is shortened by careful cross-cut away.

    Detail of Iranian Embedded Inlay
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  • Shopping in Tehran

    by ElenaOz Updated Jul 28, 2003

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    Tehran is a very fast paced city. You can buy anything nearly in all the areas, but one thing to keep in mind is that for everything there is a special area. How do you know where to go for what? Well, that's where the locals will come in handy. Go to reception or ask the shop around the corner. You want gold, go to "Karim Khan", shoes for children is at "Manoochehri", silver at "Jomhoori", sport shoes at "Bajar Koveiti". But, if you want to shop for clothes, modern looking clothes then you have to go to the modern shopping complexes. Some of those are "Pasaj Vanaak", "Bazaar Safavie", "Bazar Millad"...., ask someone...

    What to buy: If you want something that represents Tehran/Iran...hm, rugs??? too expensive, not practical to carry back. There is too much to name. You will come across it as you go around and will love it.

    What to pay: It varies, in the modern shopping centres it is something similar to what you would spend at home, but in lower areas you will find it very affordable.

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