Big carpet shop at Hassi Labied
Was taken here to see the range and if anything special to take opportunity of -
did see a very nice green rug of the style that is called Rabat - and a couple of others
- but many carpet shops in Morocco are supplied with rugs made at Tazenakht - a production line for carpets to make quickly and sell for tourists - these would still be nice keepsakes and are wool but dont have the same meaning, significance or calue as a carpet made by a woman or women in their home incorporating creativity and a part or story of their life - and with the intention of being a comfortable or quality asset in their home
Also other items here to see of local crafts - old and new
Ask if they have any special jewellery at the time - or ask to see their old and special carpets as well ....
What to pay: if you see anything you like you will be offered a price that you will have to haggle at least a third or better half off!
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Merzouga Post Office/Le Poste: attractive Moroccan stamps for yr postcards
Like most postoffices around Morocco they are open every day except Sundays and maybe a public holidays such as Mohammads birthday but they are few - some post offices shut for a 2 hour lunch break or so and some just have a short day such as 9am til 3pm which is the hours for the post office here at Merzouga 9-3pm
What to buy: Buy your stamps for your letters or postcards - Morocco does make attractive and interesting stamps to signify special events, occasions or anniversaries so if you collect stamps or like stamps as part of your cultural visit then look for what stamps they have at the time - also they make prestamped postal envelopes - the usual definitive stamps have photos of the present King on them - these are also rather nice to look at!....
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Several carpet and craft shops in town
A mix of stock - a lot of various types of jewellery - old and new - old wooden doors and windows - mirrors - rugs and carpets and blankets
What to buy: I bought a wool and cactus silk blanket here because it was a really special one of a green colour not often seen - very good quality with about 50% wool, 50% cactus silk - and there were several pieces of jewellery that I found that were opportunities to take - either special materials or styles from people that have made them down in the southern areas of Morocco or sub-sahara
A bit expensive but haggle a bit but keep your eye out for the special things that are not just made from a factory in china but really mean something to remember the special places that youve managed to visit on your travels around the sahara!
What to buy: a Touareg scarf is not only a nice souvenir or gift from the desert, but it also a practical sun and sand protector! hats only won't cover it, and i needed an extra scarf to protect my neck and shoulders....
it is cotton and usually naturally colored
the dark blue is for men, the light blue for women
then, ask your guide to tight it up for you!
What to pay: About 8 euros for one scarf, price depends on negotiation skills
Shops in Merzouga
Ok, there's is always a good time to go shopping in Morocco ven if you're in the middle of the desert. If you want my advice just ask in town for a amn called Atman. He's young tall guy that just got married 2 years ago. He has family business in town. See what he can sell to you. He paints scarfs, so the quality here can achieve more results than in other major cities spread around the country.
Carpet sales man showing off.
This guy just kept on trying to sell me a really expensive carpet for almost 3 hours. No way Jose Ma Man, I didn't of course. ;o)
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