Iranian bazaars

Iranian bazaars

Iran, Teheran, Esfahan, Tabriz
The bazaar next to the Jameh Mosque is one of the main basic elements of Iranian cities. There is not a single city in Iran that does not have a bazaar. The bazaars in Iran formed the heart of the city's economy.

Iranian bazaars
Historical documents show the history of the bazaar in Iran before the millennium BC. That is, when the economy of settlements was based on crafts and trade. In addition, as a result of archaeological excavations, traces of trade can be seen on the ancient hills. But the most striking examples of bazaars are associated with the Islamic period. It was then that religious leaders preferred an economic center next to the religious pole of the city. Therefore, in major cities of Iran, including Tabriz and Isfahan, there is a path from the market to the mosque.

The Iranian bazaar was an economic thoroughfare in the cities of Iran, it was a gathering place for people and as a major place of trade and business, it led to a business boom. Of course, markets have also been places of political activity, strikes and protests, it goes without saying that bazaars, in addition to large cities, also exist in rural areas as temporary and everyday markets. Everyday markets are usually located in the corners of cities and in open spaces, but the main bazaars of each city are located indoors.

The Iranian bazaar consists of various elements and details, including a chamber or shops, a caravanserai, a Timche (small caravanserai) and a Kayseria. Iran also has various forms of market architecture, including linearly oriented markets such as the Tehran market and a centralized market such as the Tabriz market.
Usually the price of goods in the markets of each city is cheaper than in other stores in the city. So every day many people from different classes go there and create a crowded and noisy atmosphere.

In the market of each city, in addition to the needs of the people, including fruits and vegetables, clothing and household appliances, one can find handicrafts of that city, as well as rural and nomadic crafts. Attars are also considered an impressive part in the Iranian market, which with various colored spices and pleasant aromas create beautiful photo frames.
If you go to the traditional markets of each city in the spring, you can find mountain vegetables, as well as Kashan pure rose water.

1 - Kayseria - The part of the market that is domed or decorated with painted tiles for expensive goods was called Kayseria.
2 - Attars are pharmacies and perfume shops in the Middle Ages in the Islamic world, which today have retained their pharmacological value largely based on spices, traditional (folk) medicine and medicinal herbs (herbal medicine). Since medicinal herbs have their own aroma, these pharmacies are famous as Attars.

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