The Bazari

Iran, January 2018

A journey back in time that takes us into the Middle Ages, at the time of the Silk Road, when the caravans of merchants from distant countries still passed, to sell and buy goods.

They had to pass by Iran, and in its important Bazar. Today, as in the past, in the Bazaars you get overwhelmed by the scents, by the sensations, and you can still find spices, aromatic herbs, dried fruit, the famous Persian rugs, handmade copper pots, gold, silk and everything that can serve for any need. In the Bazaars, Iranians also come to pray in the Mosque or the Mausoleum, to drink tea or simply to take a walk and spend some time with the family. It is also a meeting place where important commercial and political decisions are discussed and taken. For centuries the Bazari, those who run the bazaar shops, are very rich and influential men from the political point of view. The Bazari are normally very religious and conservative, with a long tradition of opposing the authorities. In an attempt to weaken their power, the last Shah, demolished some parts of some bazaars, and built new shopping centers that became direct competitors of the Bazari. For this reason during the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the Bazari of Teheran closed the Bazaar, thus creating a great chaos for the economy of the country.