Iran Bazaars

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Taking an etymological look at the word “bazaar” , one would be surprised at the varied facts about its origin.
The first bazaar was evidently established while several people gathered to exchange their surplus goods. In other words , a bazaar is a place for the exchange of merchandise , foodstuffs and services between two or more people.
Yet , bazaar has an expanded definition. It is a network of bargains between salespeople and customers. To put it in a nutshell , a bazaar can be clearly defined as the organized concentration of a current of exchanges by an assembly of salesmen and customers at a certain venue , fostering contacts to exchange goods and services.
Presently , the word bazaar has grown to cover any place of exchange. But for a Persian reader , the word connotes a long narrow roofed labyrinth , featured by shops and caravansaries on both sides.
bazaar iran shiraz
A review of Iran’s economic and social history indicates that the bazaar has always been a pillar of civic foundations. No town could survive without a bazaar–whether big or small. Some have allegorically described bazaar as the economic heartbeat of the Iranian cities.
The ancient Iranian bazaars have gradually evolved into an encompassing section of the town. A bazaar was not a secluded section of the town , but home to a wide spectrum of goods and services , sought by the townspeople.
As the bazaar shops fell short of meeting the people’s needs for goods and services , several arcades , specialized outlets and service. Provides were established to create a bazaar consisting of a central emporium surrounded by several smaller bazaars and arcades.
Nearby the bazaars , there were always other public services such as baths , schools , mosques , Saqqa Khanehs (traditional drinking place) , Zoor Khanehs (gymnasium for wrestling of wrestling and athletics typical of the Greek palaestra) , teahouse , and others.
This types of complex met the people’s religious , social , economic and cultural needs.
Among important and major emporiums are the traditional bazaars of Vakil in Shiraz , Qeisariye in Isfahan , and those of Yazd and Kerman.

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