Iranian souvenirs that reach the luggage of foreign tourists

Iran is one of the most tourist-friendly countries in the world and in 2016 alone, more than 4 million tourists visited it. For those traveling to Iran, Iranian history, culture and art are very interesting. History and culture that is not only manifested in historical works but also in handicrafts. That is why many foreign tourists do not return empty-handed from Iran.

Fabric  Handmade

Handmade fabrics in Iran vary depending on the city in which they are woven. For example, Isfahan is a traditional textile engraving, Pete is also one of the souvenir fabrics of Kerman; Yazidis have also proven their fame in their cashmere .



Giove is a traditional footwear common in the mountainous areas of Kermanshah province. These handmade shoes, which look like sandals, are made of a leather sole and a white cotton upper. Giove, which is especially popular in the hot summer months due to its cool texture, has become more popular in recent years thanks to the efforts of local artists.

Sweets, nuts and spices

For those who love sweets, buying Sohan Qom and Isfahan Gaz and Nogai seems to be a necessity. What is better for tourists than buying pistachios in the pistachio center of the world? Saffron; This red gold is also one of the popular souvenirs of foreigners, in the center of which Mashhad has found a lot of fans among foreign tourists. Rose is another Iranian spice that is more common, especially in Kashan.


Home furniture

Everybody knows that buying an Iranian rug equals buying the best Iranian souvenir. Even if you are not going to buy an expensive silk or wool-silk rug, you can get something smaller and cheaper as a souvenir; Something like a kilim or even small woolen pillows and cushions with traditional designs that easily fit in a suitcase.



For those who travel to Isfahan, this city is tied to beauty. So it is not surprising that many handicrafts also come from this city. Copper utensils designed with delicate brushes and small bird designs and floral motifs are also recorded on it. Patterns that are often painted on an azure background; However, blue and red colors can also be seen in it. Enamel can be found on plates, trays, cups and other decorative utensils. In Isfahan, seeing artists working hard to create new works in the heart of Isfahan’s old bazaar is an interesting scene for foreign tourists.


Khatam Kari

Khatam Kari is also a completely Iranian art. In this art, delicate pieces of wood, metal and even bone are enameled to create different types of decorative objects such as jewelry boxes, photo frames, backgammon and.. Although some of these works are pure inlay, others have miniatures on top of them. It is not bad to know that Isfahan inlays are very popular among foreign tourists.


Isfahan again and Isfahan Bazaar again! If you open your way to the heart of Isfahan Bazaar, you will see artists engraving on metal. In fact, it is the art of engraving in which skilled craftsmen engrave gold, silver, bronze and copper and turn them into delicate designs on trays, plates, vases and silverware.



The city of Neishabour in northwestern Iran is not only known for its famous poet Omar Khayyam, but also for the purity of its turquoise. Outside the city, there are mines from which this gemstone is extracted and cut and then turned into necklaces, rings and other jewelry. Turquoise is also seen in other shapes, such as placing small pieces of it inside copper. In Iranian culture, turquoise is considered a stone with healing properties that detoxifies the body and protects the wounded eye.


Dates are among the products that are grown and produced in the hot and humid regions of southern Iran. Export dates have found their place among Iranian souvenirs, and tourists who travel to this region from Iran will definitely buy a box of dates as a souvenir for their friends and relatives. Visiting the groves of southern Iran has a very warm, attractive and attractive atmosphere for foreign tourists. Khuzestan dates are also of very high quality.


Ceramics and pottery

Walking through the National Museum of Iran, you will find out how long pottery has a long history in this country and even its history dates back to before the Persian Empire. These days, cities like Laleh Jane, Meybod and Natanz have kept this millennial tradition alive with their handmade dishes and mugs. Decorative objects made in traditional Iranian shapes such as pomegranate, horse and bird encourage foreigners to buy these objects.


Tea set

Iranians are one of the biggest fans and consumers of tea. It is not difficult to see various teapots, cups and mugs for different situations. Sets that include saucer, tea cup and tea teapot and the image of Shah Abbas is engraved on them and of course they have more decorative uses. It may be interesting to know that foreigners usually prefer red sets and some even add samovars to their purchases.


Iranian miniator

If you walk in the beautiful palaces of the Safavid period such as Chehelston, Hasht Behesht, Aali Qapo and even gardens such as Kashan Fin Garden, you will see excellent miniature paintings. Many miniature paintings are drawn on whiteboards with powerful magnifying glasses and special brushes. These paintings are so delicate that sometimes  you have to hold a magnifying glass.  Foreign tourists are very surprised and excited to see Iranian souvenirs, especially miniatures.


Iranian musical traditions stretches back thousands of years and have evolved along political and societal changes in the Persian empires