Consumerism in Iran

Collection with 34 media items created by Ruom

Iran 10 Jul 2014 14:12

Iran has seen a rise in the popularity of Western-style shopping and consumerism. Despite the sanctions imposed on them, the country’s economy continues to grow.

In the last few months we have witnessed improved relations between Iran and the West, while the upcoming negotiations for the lifting of the sanctions could pave the way for even more changes in the country and consequently also within the region.

Shopping has became a near obsessive ritual for young people, and especially women, who have now turned to buying beauty products and high-end western brands to fill the void of entertainment options and to “rebel“ against the array of restrictions they are subjected to.

During his visit to Cuba in 2012, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said “thankfully we are already witnessing that the capitalist system is in decay, on various stages it has come to a dead end — politically, economically and culturally.”

But the changes that have been taking place in Iran in the last few years seem to contradict this.

Despite slow mobile Internet connections, high prices for imported (most of the time smuggled) technological products and the constant governmental censorship of the media, Iranians are frantically buying smartphones, tablets and flat screen TVs.

Even if traditional Grand bazaars continue to be the favourite places to shop for regular Iranians they now face competition from huge shopping malls, which were erected in the outskirts of major cities across the country. And these offer western-style hypermarkets, international brands and colourful gaming arcades to list just a few temptations.

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12 Jun 2014

June 12, 2014
Tehran, Iran

A young girl drinks lemonade during the birthday celebration for of Imam Mahdi in a neighborhood of Tehran.

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11 Jun 2014

June 11, 2014
Qom, Iran

Two young pilgrims walk in front of a mosque in Qom, the second holiest city in Iran. The girl on the left is seeing wearing a patch, after having plastic surgery on her nose. Iran has the world's highest nose surgery rate.

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10 Jun 2014

June 12, 2014
Tehran, Iran

Customers walk through the Grand Bazaar of Tehran. Despite the increasing number of malls opened around the country, many Iranians still prefer to shop in traditional bazaars.

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10 Jun 2014

June 12, 2014
Tehran, Iran

A woman shops at the Grand Bazaar of Tehran.

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11 Jun 2014

June 11, 2014
Qom, Iran

Young pilgrims eat ice cream in a cafe in Qom, the second holiest city in Iran.

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30 Jun 2014

June 29, 2014
Shiraz, Iran

Mannequins in traditional Islamic dress are seen lined up in a local mall.

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29 Jun 2014

June 29, 2014
Shiraz, Iran

Locals in an electronics shop which is selling high-end flat screen television sets.

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09 Jun 2014

June 09, 2014
Tehran, Iran

People shop at Golestan Shopping Center, one of the first mall built in the country.

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18 Jun 2014

June 18, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

A young boy looks through a shop window.

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28 Jun 2014

June 28, 2014
Shiraz, Iran

Women are seen withdrawing money at a local ATM machine. Due to sanctions against Iran, international bank cards are not recognized.

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By Ruom
19 Jun 2014

June 19, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

A portrait of Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and Ayatollah Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini is displayed on a wall of the Isfahan City Center Mall, one of the biggest in the country.

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19 Jun 2014

June 19, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

Customers at the "Kentucky House" one of the fast food restaurant built inside the Isfahan City Center Mall, one of the biggest in the country.

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26 Jun 2014

June 26, 2014
Shiraz, Iran

Customers inside a dress shop.

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08 Jun 2014

June 08, 2014
Tabriz, Iran

A view of the local Grand Baazar, the oldest in the Middle East. Despite the increasing number of malls opened around the country, many Iranians still prefer to shop in traditional bazaars.

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29 Jun 2014

June 29, 2014
Shiraz, Iran

Children play at Iran Land, an amusement park built inside the Persian Gulf Complex, a large shopping mall located in the outskirts of Shiraz.

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12 Jun 2014

June 12, 2014
Tehran, Iran

A car is sold in a small show room of the capital. Due to the international sanctions, importation of foreign cars is expensive and many Iranians opt to buy locally produced cars.

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25 Jun 2014

June 25, 2014
Shiraz, Iran

A man plays an video game in the arcade section of a mall.

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07 Jun 2014

June 07, 2014
Tabriz, Iran

Women shoes are sold in a shop located inside the local Grand Baazar. Despite the increasing number of malls opened around the country, many Iranians still prefer to shop in traditional bazaars.

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12 Jun 2014

June 12, 2014
Tehran, Iran

Young women dress with traditional Islamic black chador in a street of the capital Tehran.

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21 Jun 2014

June 21, 2014
Yazd, Iran

A young girl walks in the streets of Yazd. Iranian women are increasingly reluctant to comply with government-imposed traditional dress codes and many have started to go around the prohibitions, wearing western-style hijabs made of fashionable fabrics.

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10 Jun 2014

June 10, 2014
Tehran, Iran

Pantyhose packages are seen with makeshift censorship markings on the models' arms and legs.

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Iran
By Ruom
12 Jun 2014

June 12, 2014
Tehran, Iran

Two young girls walk the streets of Tehran. Iranian women are increasingly reluctant to comply with government-imposed traditional dress codes. Many have started to go around the prohibitions, wearing western-style hijabs, made of fashionable fabrics.

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Iran
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19 Jun 2014

June 19, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

People shopping at the Isfahan City Center Mall, one of the biggest in the country.

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Iran
By Ruom
08 Jun 2014

June 08, 2014
Tabriz, Iran

Locals take photographs using their smartphones. Despite slow mobile internet connections, Iran has seen a considerable increase of consumers purchasing smartphones.

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07 Jun 2014

June 07, 2014
Tabriz, Iran

Iranian youths play backgammon on a tablet in a traditional cafe. Despite slow mobile internet connections, Iran has seen a considerable increase of consumers purchasing smartphones.

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22 Jun 2014

June 22, 2014
Yazd, Iran

Local women shop at the local Grand Bazaar. Despite the increasing number of malls that have opened around the country, many Iranians still prefer to shop in traditional bazaars.

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Iran
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19 Jun 2014

June 19, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

Iranian youths walk in front of a recently opened unofficial Apple reseller.

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18 Jun 2014

June 18, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

Two girls check Facebook on a smartphone. Despite slow mobile internet connections, Iran has seen a considerable increase of consumers purchasing smartphones.

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By Ruom
09 Jun 2014

June 09, 2014
Tehran, Iran

People shop at Golestan Shopping Center, one of the first malls built in the country.

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Iran
By Ruom
19 Jun 2014

June 19, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

A woman shops in an appliance center inside the Isfahan City Center Mall, one of the biggest in the country.

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Iran
By Ruom
23 Jun 2014

June 23, 2014
Shiraz, Iran

Cars are seen in a parking lot of Shiraz. Due to the international sanctions, importation of foreign cars is expensive and many Iranians opt to buy locally produced cars.

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29 Jun 2014

June 29, 2014 S
Shiraz, Iran

A woman shops at Hyperstar, Irans first international-style hypermarket, built inside the Persian Gulf Complex, a huge mall in the outskirts of Shiraz. Hyperstar plans to open 15 branches by 2015 in 5 different cities.

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Iran
By Ruom
11 Jun 2014

June 19, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

A local sits in front of a recently opened unofficial Apple reseller.

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Iran
By Ruom
18 Jun 2014

June 18, 2014
Isfahan, Iran

Traditional Islamic black chadors are sold at the local Bazaar. Iranian women are increasingly reluctant to comply with government-imposed traditional dress codes and many have started to go around the prohibitions, wearing western-style hijabs, made of fashionable fabrics.