The capital of Iran, Tehran is one of the top metropolis which has a surreal beauty. It is filled with museums, restaurants, parks and tons of other great attractions too. If you are planning to visit Tehran, we are here with a list of the best souvenirs to buy from Tehran. Ideally, no matter which place in the world you decide to go, we always recommend you to pick up some of the best souvenirs. This is important as it facilities the best way to bring a part of the country home with you and it can also help you remember the good times you had there!
1. Handmade clothes
When in Tehran, there is no way you can miss out on the beauty of handmade clothes. You are going to be amazed at the whopping variety which you will find here. From Ghalamkari to pateh and a whole lot more, you will have plenty of options at hand. The whole of Iran is famous for different kinds of fabric and handmade patterns.
So, you should try and search for the best of places and shops wherein you can spot the right variety and just pricing too. They reflect the true Iranian taste and culture and will be symbolic of the good times you had in Tehran!
2. Persian rugs
You must have heard of the famous Persian rugs. When it comes to rugs, the Persian rugs are known to be a true novelty. The authentic and pure silk or wool silk rugs can be mighty expensive and it could set you back substantially. However, rest assured that nothing would match the quality of a pure silk or woolen rug.
You will find a lot of different styles of Persian carpets too and not all would be priced enormously. So, be sure of the kind of budget you have and then explore the wide and unending market of rugs and make it a point to buy the best ones that sit comfortably in your budget. They also serve as an excellent souvenir but remember they could be bulky and taking them back home could get a little inconvenient especially if you already have too much baggage.
If you have a knack for buying things that seem to catch anyone’s eye and has a unique taste and appeal, you should keep an eye out for Khatamkari. It is mainly the rare and true Persian art of parquetry.
The finest pieces of bone, wood, and metal are used for the sake of creating different kinds of decorative pieces and each one of them exudes the kind of brilliance which is sure to appeal to one and all.
Some of them may have pure Khatamkari while others may have a miniature version or a lifelike version of it. So, once again be cautious while buying it and make sure to grab the ones which seem to appeal to you the best.
4. Tea sets
If you happen to be a huge tea junkie (like me), I would ask you to grab the best tea sets. The whole of Iran is likely to be filled with endless variety when it comes to teapots and glasses. Iranians are known to be massive tea drinkers and hence the abundance of options.
They come in a lot of exciting patterns, colors, and sizes as well. Even when you are looking to pick a great Tehran souvenir for a friend, these tea sets look to be an excellent choice.
5. Pistachio, nuts, and saffron
If you have spent even a week in Tehran, the odds are high that you have got hooked to the pistachio served in this city. They are mostly found in two shapes which would be shelled and seeds.
If you are ready to splurge, we recommend buying the Ahmad Aqai pistachios as they are known to be of premium quality but they would be priced higher compared to other variants.
Apart from pistachio, Tehran is home to a lot of other dry fruits as well. You will get dates, melon seeds, almonds and several other types of nuts here. The Persian saffron, in particular, is known to be really famous and has a very authentic taste to it. It is also one of the most popular souvenir items in Tehran. So, make sure to take a few of these home with you.
6. Pottery and ceramics
This is another popular and strong industry in Tehran. We know that carrying ceramics back home could be a little risky as they are breakable but you will find it hard to control yourself when you see the amazing patterns and styles of these items.
They can be found in a lot of different shopping streets and make sure to bargain hard for them. Pick the best ones and they would serve as excellent souvenirs for your friends back at home. This is one of the most thriving industry and the items are mostly of the best quality.
So, these are some of the top souvenirs to buy in Tehran. Of course, there are several other options too which you have and it is upon you to weigh your budget and then make a planned choice accordingly.
The key to any great vacation is to ensure that you explore the city in its true spirit and end up picking things which are symbolic of the spirit of the city and serve as a true remembrance of what the city stood for!
Updated: May 2, 2019