The Irani hejab style


asalaamu alaikum wr wb!

Ive been asked a few times about where to purchase the type of manteau or scarves that Iranian women wear. I felt I should finally do this post now that I have a precious weekend off between semesters!

In all honesty…if the Irani style of manteau (overcoat/jilbab) or scarves interest you…you need to look to TURKEY! Yup..because right now the majority of scarves or manteau sold in Iran are actually made in Turkey and are the styles sold IN Turkey. Like the Turkish silk squares or printed cotton scarves are extremely popular in Iran, particularly the Aker brand and many of the manteau shops are stocking manteau made in Turkey by Turkish companies! especially the half and 3-quarter styles called “kap” in Turkey!  The last time I was there…oh 2 summers ago, the Turkish silk scarves were new to the scene and while previously most manteau I saw were made in Iran, suddenly it seemed as though almost every shop I went into was selling Turkish stuff. I guess it makes sense both due to ease of availability and cost. One downside though to the influx of Turkish produced scarves and manteau were the prices! I dont want to delve into anything major…but…I and many friends/relatives noticed that things were indeed much more expensive than in previous years!


As far as Irani styles go…you basically have the scarf with manteau or scarf with manteau and chador. If you have a chador on, it doesnt matter how short or tight or whatever your manteau is, especially if its opaque as it really would’nt be seen much anyway. But, for manteau the styles being sold were quite slender fitting with again, the Turkish style being the trendiest.

Now, I’m personally not a huge fan of the stereotypical Irani style (according to what many people assume IS the Irani style)…you know the scarf half off the head and a too tiny manteau…ofcourse you have to cover when there so they try to get around the rules as much as possible. But most women in Iran still cover properly especially the ones from traditional or religious backgrounds and their quintessential style is a knee length or longer looser fitting manteau with a scarf like a slip-over maghneh or a scarf pinned/knotted under the chin with or without a chador or overhead abaya. Many conservative and religious women dont wear chador but do dress very modestly and generally their style is like what the women below in the cream scarf is wearing.

For the manteau style…if your in the US or Canada a good place to try is E-Tesettur. I say that because the other online Turkey based shops which stock manteau sell them at like 2 or 3 times the price they are sold for IN Turkey! I know ordering from them (e-tesettur) can be frustrating as they are solely in Turkish, but seriously…open up Google translate and copy and paste your way to understanding. LOL.

Some of the styles from the summer lines are totally Irani style. Personally, I dislike excessively short manteau, especially over tight pants…for me, atleast 3-quarter length over baggy pants or max knee over a skirt is the minimum I would go for (unless I had a chador or overhead abaya on over it!), as it would fullfill what is required for an overgarment (bare minimum – according to most scholars).

I had one sister email me several months ago and say that yah the Turkish manteau are similar but still not the same as Irani manteau (we had gone back and forth about where to buy the Irani style of manteau online). Okay, I say yes and no to this. No in that, yes the Iranian MADE Manteau are made of a totally different polyester material from the Turkish made stuff, its like a thicker weight polyester with a slight give/stretch to it and the cuts tend to be very plain and straight, ditto for the designs, but no in that right now, even IN Iran those styles arent sold as much nowadays with most shops overwhelmingly and exclusively carrying Turkish scarves and manteau.

For the scarves…again, the closest you’ll get to what is sold in Iran is Turkish made scarves. Aker is the hottest thing since sliced bread as far as squares go and many of the lightweight cotton or voile squares are similar to what is sold in the hejab shops in Iran.

There many online shosp that sell Turkish scarves based in Turkey. US-based, Ive found some sellers on Ebay (type in Turkish Hijab) and you can purchase from them OR there is another store called Modefa which is based in Texas and carries some gorgeous Turkish hijabs.

Onto some manteau designs which I think are quite Irani looking. You can get them from E-Tesettur at good prices which are on par with whats sold in Turkey or from other shops in English for double/triple Turkish prices. LOL *wink*

**please note, I made this post to assist some sisters who had contacted me about finding authentic Irani style manteau or scarves…I personally prefer garments which are longer (as mentioned above) so this post is more to assist those who wish to know here to get the Irani style manteau and scarfes.


14 thoughts on “The Irani hejab style

  1. You know how much I love Persian fashion. 🙂 But, like you, I definitely prefer the more conservative styles, like the stuff worn right after the revolution (calf-length manteaus, maghnehs, chadors, etc.). I wish I could pull off the knotted-under-the-chin look, but I think it would just look silly on me (and it wouldn’t cover my chest). Insha’Allah someday the sanctions on Iran will end so that it’s easier to get clothes from there (among other reasons, of course).

    • wa salaam, yup sister…i agree with you, the manteau styles up till about 7-10yrs ago were very baggy and modest, i miss those styles…always super comfy and well covering! The tie look will cover the chest but you need a bigger square and you need to spread it out so it drapes over the chest, but most religious women I now take the regular scare and pin/clip under the chin and let it drape down or just wear a maghneh.

  2. Oh it is an eye opener post. I thought (as rest of the Turkey) Iranian women oblige to wear chador still.

    • sister Iranian women were never obliged to wear chador. Not even right at the revolutionary time because the chador is a garment worn by Persian women, no really women of the other ethnic or cultural groups although some of them have since adopted the chador…like some Azeri or Arab women in Iran, but overwhelmingly its a Persian garment. Ditto also many women unless they came from religious families, traditional families or rural families didnt know even how to wear a chador. Some became more religious and adopted the chador hence where putting elastic in a chador came from as women who grew up in chador which up till the revolution most Persian women outside of the cities still always wore chador so they could wear them with no problems, but when the women from the cities or less traditional families adopted Islamic dress and even the chador (some of them) they couldnt really wear them well so they modified it in some ways…like as mentioned, elastic inside the head area. But no, never had chador been mandatory. Manteau and scarf was always mandatory but not chador, although the best dress for women was the chador with manteau and scarf as long as the women had on the manteau and a scarf that was fine. Alos dont forget Iran is also multi-religious with many Jews and Christians and other groups so they just wear it because its government mandate so they cant make them cover to the same extent as the Muslim Iranian women.

      • Your wrong. I’m iranian and the Chador is NOT PERSIAN or any other ethnicity in Iran, Where do you get your information? Have you ever been to iran?? I lived in northern iran and the Chador is worn by conservative women from all ethnic background. It’s really frustrating when you spread false information on the internet.please double check your information before publishing them on the internet. Thank You .

      • salaam…sister you obviously have NOT actually read my blog. I go to Iran often and I have relatives there. How about if you READ my blog and THEN post a coment. Also your IP is in Cali…how often are you even over there? How do you know you know what your even talking about? Have you ever even been anywhere in Iran outside of Tehran or Northern Iran? Ive run into some people like that when over there and they are very oblivious to Iranian life outside of Tehran and the big cities. Jazakh’Allah’Khairoon.

  3. Asalaamu Alaikum

    Interesting since manteau is French for coat. And these are tight too. Why not stick with islamic styles like jilbabs and abayas. Don’t the Turkish have their own word for coat?

    • well sis, yes manteau is french for coat. The reason why Iranians use “manteau” for a button front overgarment is because during the revolution, sympathetic women put on rain coats or other coats over their clothing and tied on a scarf as their form of Islamic attire. Since the traditional overgarment in Iran for most Persian women is the chador, for Arab iranian women its the overhead abaya…etc, so once things settled down a button front “manteau” became the norm as the Islamic overgarment, ether with a chador or without, but always with a scarf. Up until about 10yrs ago they were quite baggy and loose, but over the past decame have become very snug fitting and short. Now most of the religious women have their manteau made for them or sew them at home, as evidenced by the fact that when I was there last time, almost no stoes sold the traditional style manteau. Turks use the term “pardesu” which is the same as manteau. Its just a overgarment that buttons down the front, kap is a knee length or short style manteau. Arabic speakers use jilbab although in the Quraanic sense every overgarment which fullfills Islamic criteria is a jilbaab…hence why the French/Algerian overhead overgarment is called jilbeb/jelbab/jilbaab by them. Abaya is the KHaleeji overgarment and was originally the overhead version, in the 80’s and 90’s it went from being solely an overhead overgarment to on the shoulders to what it is today. So each name just dept on the country and language spoken. Right now the trend all over Muslim societies is for overgarments to be tight…be they jilbabs in Jordan or abayaat in the Gulf or Turish pardesu to Iranian manteau. I dont know why, but its the case.

  4. The real reason for Hijab is to keep the “weak Muslim Men” from getting sexually arise. I guess the Iranian women have to pay for their Weak Men. The reason those Dirty Islamic Mullahs force Hijab on Iranian women is because they want to control the largest segment of Iranian population.

    • LOL…really? actually you need to study up on the concept of piety, modesty and hijab in Islam before making such a ignorant comment. You sound like a typical jaded shahi Irani with no deen! Irregardless…as some edu-ma-cation actually hijab is the term for modesty of men and women in islam. Its not solely for women…but both Muslim men and women have their own rules regarding hijab. It entails both attire and behavior and a Muslim man who does not behave with modesty, decency, piety and ofcourse modesty in clothing is lacking in their hijab, ditto for women. I do not agree with forced covering in any society as the purpose of hijab is for Muslims to be identified amongst non-Muslims as muslim and hence not bothered with things which Muslims should not partake in and also as a show of piety and humbleness before God. It has nothing to do with men being a weak sex or women being a weak sex. Obviously…as in the Quraan God addresses male and female believers equally and there is NO mention in the Quraan not authentic hadeeths of the purpose of hijab as being to protect men. LOL. Unfortunately….Ive been in Iran enough to know that there are many ignorant Muslims who do not know their on deen and who do say ignorant things as to the purpose of hijab…they are ignorant and need to be educated about their faith. Anytime I am there if I hear people saying such stupid things about hijab I make an effort to pull out the Quraan and hadeeths and educate them from the Sunnah about covering! I suggest you go through this blog and take a look at the many posts I have made about hijab and the purpose behind it and what constitutes hijab for Muslim women. Ive also mentioned what constitutes male hijab, I also think you should research the rulings about male and female hijab so you dont make such baseless, ignorant and uneducated comments in the future. If you ARE Iranian I pray you study your deen and learn Islam from an authentic source not hearsay!

  5. hello, I have been reading your blog and I am trying to order from but I ran into a problem when I was paying. I live in Canada and it said paypal doesn’t allow my transaction cause it doesn’t let its customers ship to Canada from Turky? so then I tried paying through my credit card but it asked for bank name and my canadian bank was not on the list. Do you know how I can solve this??

    • asalaamu alaikum wr wb…sister you really need to email the company and inquire about that, I dunno what to tell you.
      Best of luck.

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