Ardabil is known for its silk and carpet trade tradition.
Ardabil is a historical city blessed with splendid natural beauty on an open plain east of Mount Sabalan, and primarily identified as the seat of the sanctuary and tomb of a widely revered Sufi philosopher of the 14th century and the eponym of the Safavid Dynasty. The main highlights include:

Tomb of Sheikh Safieddin Ardabili (Prospective World Heritage Site), an exquisite shrine complex of a highly revered 14th-century Sufi, the descendant of the later Safavid kings who embellished the shrine.