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Unique Handicrafts

Walking through the Grand Bazaar

HelloPersia
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Presence of different cultures in Iran has led to a great diversity of handicrafts. They tell a lot about the creativity and aesthetic taste of different communities. In Isfahan, quite like other top tourist destinations in Iran, you will come across a huge range of handicrafts. The city is in fact a hub for crafts and folk art. Walking through the traditional bazaar, you can see craftsmen working to bring stone, metal and wood to life.

Mina-kari

Turquoise is key to Isfahan’s handicrafts. The gemstone’s qualities have made it widely popular among Iranians. If one is to associate Isfahan with a color, then it must be turquoise blue. You can find the color everywhere, from the tilework in mosques to enameled plates and vases created through the art of mina-kari.

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Exquisite pieces of Mina-kari

The blue tableware that win your attention while wandering through labyrinths of bazaars are also called mina-kari.  While buying souvenirs from Isfahan, make sure items decorated through the art of mina-kari are on your list.

Khatam-kari

But mina-kari is only a single item on the long list of Isfahan’s handicrafts. Be prepared for much more. In Isfahan, you will find a khatam-kari version of almost anything, from pencil cases, and jewelry boxes to clocks, picture frames and backgammon boards. Khatam-kari is an art form where wooden surfaces are decorated with pieces of wood, bone and metal.

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Khatam-kari jewelry boxes

Ghalam-kari

Ghalam-kari is another popular art in Isfahan. Paisleys blocked on ghalam-kari cloth resemble patterns of Iranian outfits during the Safavid era. A piece of ghalam-kari at your home would bring back to your mind all you loved about Isfahan, its history and art.

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Iranian craftsman making a ghalam-kari tablecloth

Moreover, look out for filigree items, copper works, hand-woven carpets and fine fabrics such as makhmal and zari. You will definitely enjoy your journey through this wonderland of handicrafts.


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