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The warren of people and goods is a city within a city and includes several mosques, guesthouses, banks, a church and even a fire station. Most lanes specialise in a particular commodity: copper, paper, gold, spices and carpets, among others. You'll also find tobacconists, shoemakers, tailors, broadcloth sellers, bookbinders, flag sellers, haberdashers, saddlers, tinsmiths, knife makers and carpenters. In our experience there are two ways to visit the bazaar. One is to wander the labyrinthian streets and alleys, taking whichever direction you fancy and going with the flow. You'll almost certainly get lost but will soon enough be found and directed by any number of helpful Iranians. The other is to allow yourself to be befriended by one of the carpet salesmen - don't worry, they'll find you near the front entrance. Tell them which sections you'd like to see (the gold bazaar, spices bazaar, the mosque etc), and they'll take you there. When you're done, they will expect you to visit their carpet shop, drink some tea and view a few rugs - which in itself is often quite fun, and prices here are probably the best in Iran. If you do choose to buy a carpet, even better, but no-one is forcing you.( بازار بزرگ فرش تهران )

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