Isfahan is called the city of Iranian handicraft and traditional arts. These works of art comprise a major portion of Iran exports, Particularly to Europe. Khatam kari ( woodwork ), carpet weaving, porcelain, engraving, miniature, painting, Moaragh, tile art, brocade, calico work and Mina kari (enamelwork ) are among the most prominent works of art in Isfahan.
Now we explain some important of these arts.
Mina kari (enamelwork)
Mina kari is the art of hand painting delicate floral patterns on utensil. The dominating blue color is a beautiful Persian blue that is bound to catch anyone eyes in the room.
Khatam kari (wood work)
Khatam kari is a Persian version of marquetry, the art of decorating wooden surfaces with small and delicate pieces of wood, bone and metal to make mirrors, jewellery boxes, pans and furniture.
Isfahan is home to some of the best miniature artists and you can see inspiration from them on wall paintings in Chehel Sotun Palace. Miniature is done on all sorts of surfaces and even on ivory.
Ghalam zani (engraving on metal)
Engraving is the art of curving superb designs on various metals such as copper, brass, silver and gold.
The Iranian city of Isfahan has long been one of the centers for production of the famous Persian carpet. Isfahan carpets are known for their high quality and their foundation is silk or cotton. A range of traditional designs are still used including allover Shah Abbas, vase, tree of life.
Isfahan is the most well-known city for itʼs production of " Gaz" a traditional and delicious white toffee (containing almond or pistachios). It makes for the perfect souvenir and is a combination of egg whites, sugar, rose water, pistachios and almonds.
The bazaar going all the way around Naqshe-e Jahan square is packed with shops selling all sorts of handicrafts, food, pastries and spices. Even if you don’t have any plans to purchase something, window-shopping here is a joy.
Qaisarie bazaar was one of the largest and most luxurious shopping malls in the Safavid era. This bazaar which is now the greatest supplier of handicrafts in Isfahan was constructed in 1029 AH.