Since spending time with a new friend, I’ve been exposed to the rich tea culture celebrated by Persians (and others) and the trappings that go along with it: the samovar (a sort of double-boiler teapot with separate chambers for hot water and concentrated tea), the cardamom-inflected black tea blend that steeps inside, and the teacups, which are always glass. Why, you ask? Because the tea drinker mixes water and tea from the samovar to her liking—and she’ll know she has it right by checking her glass.
Though we love the look of traditional Moroccan-style teacups (see 5 Favorites here), we prefer cups with handles for everyday use. Here are 10 modern, clear glass teacups ready and waiting for Persian-style tea.