Pencil boxes, old and new
You'll find lacquer work pencil boxes in shops and bazaars all over Iran. Whether you buy a moderately priced modern one or a very expensive antique - and they can cost a fortune - they're lovely things, evocative of another age and a long tradition. Decorated with hunting and court scenes in the style of Savafid miniatures they are small, attractive and functional, light and virtually unbreakable - the ideal souvenir.
What to pay: From just a few dollars for a Bazaar souvenir to thousands for a beautiful antique.
Moses Baba: Antiques and curiosities
A treasure trove of antiques and curiosities, Moses Baba's shop has been a Tehran institution for 50 years. A fossickers delight.
Moses is an elderly member of Tehran's small Jewish community - the descendents of the Hebrews who were freed from their Babylonian captivity by the Persian Emperor Cyrus at the behest of his queen, Esther - herself a Jew - in 539BC. He loves to talk to visitors to his shop and MrL always make a point of calling in when he's in the city - and usually brings some treasure home with him.
What to buy: Pottery and porcelain, elegant lacquer work, coins, jewellery, enamels and much, much more - the choice is yours.
Tavazo Nuts: The best pistachios in the workd
Bursting with the most delicious array of nuts and dried fruits, and always full of people, Tavazo is one of only many Tehrani nut shops, but it's one of the very best.
What to buy: The freshest of fresh nuts, wonderful dates from Bam, a bewildering variety of dried fruit, saffron and other spices - all the very best quality. You can choose from elaborately arranged gift packages of mixed fruit and nuts - an ideal gift if you are going to someone's house during your stay in Tehran - or do as we do and just buy in bulk for yourself. They are irresistible.
Antique and art shops: Persian miniatures
What to buy: The art of miniature painting in Persia reached its pinnacle in the Savafid period of the 16th and 17th centuries and the tradition continues today.
Miniatures painted on bone or on pages of old books are readily available in shops throughout Iran. You may have to look a little further to find them painted and collaged on papier mache panels in imitation of early Savafid work, like the one shown here in the photograph. This work is beautiful, so fine and delicate, with subtle gilding and exquisite detail, the result of many hours of painstaking work. The finished work is lacquered so that it glows with a jewel-like richness.
What to pay: $50+
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Ferdoosi Carpet Bazaar: Expensive carpets
The Ferdoosi Carpet Bazaar, just off Ferdoosi Square, may be the first place where you see the bewildering variety of Persian carpets there is to choose from. My advice would be to look around and ask questions, but don't buy anything here. The prices I was quoted in Tehran were far higher than the prices elsewhere in Iran.
If you do decide to buy a carpet here, bargain very hard indeed and preferably bring a local person to help you.
What to buy: This carpet bazaar seemed to be particularly good for Qom carpets, so if you're not visiting Qom, this might be the place to buy one.
What to pay: You can spend anything from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. The dealers will quote you prices in dollars.
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Ferdoosi Carpet Bazaar 2: Expensive carpets 2
To give you some idea of how expensive Persian carpets can be, the initial asking price for this small Qom carpet was $1,600. Of course, you don't pay the asking price, but the dealer really wasn't prepared to come down very much. It is beautiful though, isn't it?
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Vali asr: good thing
Vali Asr is a good and nice place for buy , here you can find good shirt or trosers and you can find game and Toys , here have good Women's Clothes and have good jewerly , but here a little is expensive and you must when buy a thing give mitigation for it
What to pay: You must spend 75 % price seller say to you
Vanak Shopping center is a big center for buy women's clothes and men , it is a street near Vanak Sq and in Vanak street is many shoping and some Passage for buy , Vanak center is near north of tehran and it is expensive but for see is a good and nice place .
What to buy: Women's clothes
shoe and ....
What to pay: It's expensive
Alena: Go nuts in Tehran...
Iran has a great tradition in nuts and spices. Alena offers a great variety of nuts and dried fruits and is a feast for the eyes too.
What to buy: You will not believe the variety and quality in pistachio nuts they have. They also make a great present.
What to pay: Less than 10 Euros are enough for a kilo.
Shopping Mall: Shop till you drop
Shopping in Tehran ranges from small, classy boutiques (I bought a manteau in one of those – great service and not unlike a boutique you would find in Paris), stalls in the bazaar or huge shopping malls such as this one pictured. It was modern and fresh, with all the latest fashions for men and women. The prices of course will vary according to where you shop, and there is something for every budget.
There are some souvenir shops about, but I only saw a handful situated in the area around the hotels.
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issatiss mall: fancy clothes - or window shopping
We found Issatiss mall to be a most beautiful mall, especially for its decor and architecture. Outside it's all covered in mosaic-like blue tiles, while inside it's full of chandeliers and fancy shops.
What to buy: The best thing to buy is fancy clothes - you can find all sorts of top designer brands, there. I was not really looking for anything, except a last-minute present for a friend - so I forgot to check the prices... but i guess they would have been cheaper than in Europe. There's a small shop selling stationery inside, and it's a good place to pick up the last decorated plates and vases (Isfahan style) before flying home.
Tandis: shopping center
Tandis center is a shopping mall for shoppers who are looking for good quality products. you can find the best marks here. like Dior, Espirit, Levi’s, Zolo, Zara, dunhill and etc. It has All kinds of Textile products, Shoes, Baby stuff, home furniture, and anything you'll need. It also has good restaurants, fast food and cofee shops. Its open from 9 a.m to 10 p.m every day.
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no idea - it was written in farsi: nuts, nuts, nuts...
Just down the road from Issatiss Mall, in northern Tehran, there's a little shop selling interesting local sweets and even more interesting nuts... all types of nuts, actually.
What to buy: We bough some pistachios - in particular our favourite - which are the lemon-flavoured ones. But there were really all sorts of nuts on sale - even mixed ones, in case you could not pick a particular sort.
What to pay: very little
Grand Bazaar, Tehran
In number 3 in this page ask about Select An Appropriate Type For This Shop, but really you can find all of them in this Bazaar.
Traditionally, the Tehran bazaar was split into corridors, each specialising in different types of goods, including copper, carpets, paper, spices, and precious metals, as well as small traders selling all types of goods.
The Grand Bazaar is located in southern Tehran; its many corridors are over 10km in length. There are several entrances, some of which are locked and guarded at night.
It is hard to say exactly when the "bazaar" first appeared, but in the centuries following the introduction of Islam, travellers reported the growth of commerce in the area now occupied by the current bazaar. The Grand bazaar is a continuation of this legacy.
Tajrishe groceries: Nuts and spices cheaper than Tavazo
A tipical bazaar , Tajrishe is a charmming place where I always can have a little homesickness thinking about it. In this bazaar , all varieties of shops and groceries can be found , the prices are all fare for everything, and sometimes can be even negotiable! Each little and big shop is tipical and can have a special something for itself. Overally it is so cousy to walk aroud , and just look.
You can notice the bazaar from the colorful fruit shops, you walk inside and you see the space gets wider , with all fresh fruits and vegetables around this corner. If you continue walking at your left you see narrow allies ending to Ghaem Shopping centre.
The bazzar and the shopping centre are open all the week early in the morning till at least 10 pm and the Fridays until 2 pm.
What to buy: Everything...From cloths and cushions to food and fresh fruits . All and all , so colourful and fantastic.
What to pay: Everything has its own relative price, and even you can discuss the prices. For those who think Tavazo is the best to buy nuts and spices, I do insist that it is not! And all you see in Tavazo can be found in little groceries in Tajrish for a much less price!
For example in -1 underground floor in Ghaem shopping center (which is almost attached to the bazaar) , in Aubedi grocery shop you can buy a 6gr high quality saffron for about 12€ (until now as saffron gets more and more expensive each day) while in Tavazo it is 18€!
The fresh pistaches in another grocery just beside.
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