What can tourists buy in Baku?
From every city we visit, we want to bring back a memorable souvenir - as a piece of culture and as a reminder of a pleasant trip. Fridge magnets are already ubiquitous but it’s still difficult to pass them by without picking up a few pieces for colleagues and neighbors. You can also get stained glass souvenirs with perhaps an image of an oil rig or the Maiden Tower. But most likely you will want to know what kind of practical gift you can bring to your friends and relatives. You can’t lose by buying Azerbaijani wine which is locally produced by several vinyards and comes in a multitude of varieties and types. Azerbaijani wines are available from budget to premium quality to suit every taste.
Walking through the very heart of the city - Icheri Sheher - it is easy to see that Azerbaijan is also the birthplace of fine luxury carpets. OK, maybe you can’t take a really large carpet with you, but you can buy a smaller carpet as an example of carpet weaving. There are several carpet weaving schools, for example, Karabakh, Shirvan, Ganja, Guba, Absheron - each of them has its own unique patterns and techniques. Before making your purchase, you should go to the Carpet Museum and get acquainted with this beautiful ancient art. A perfect gift would be a set of tea glasses known as Armudu. An Armudu is a pearshaped glass in which tea remains hot and fragrant for a long time. Painted Armudu glasses are not just useful, but also an original decoration for the interior of any room. By the way, if your way passes through the bazaar, pay attention to bags of thyme. Just a few twigs of this dried fragrant plant, thrown into the teapot, will give your tea a completely different taste. And yes, spices and herbs are definately best bought on the market from the grower. Where there is tea, there are also sweets! Take with you a jar of Azerbaijani jam - abundant local nature has not stinted on the different kinds of fruits and berries available . A fig jam is good for breakfast, dogwood will provide cure for a cold, quince and apricot will decorate a sweet table, and jam from nuts or the white cherry will be a firm favorite. Continuing on from tasty souvenirs from Baku, it is impossible not to mention traditional Azerbaijani sweets. Baklava, halva, shakarbura, kyata, shor gogal, badambura - all this can be purchased and gift wrapped for yourself and for friends. If you are in search of a special gift for a woman, then your choice is Kelagayi. This is a national headdress in the form of a silk scarf with a pattern printed from natural dyes. There are many patterns and designs that are applied to the scarves but the most popular is the Kelagayi with the pattern known as Buta. An excellent, unforgettable gift for a man would be a handmade backgammon set. Boards with unique carved designs and stylized stones are a really worthwhile acquisition.