MAISON BERBERE NOMADE TELOUET: CARPETS!!??
Whatever you do and where every you go in Morocco you will probably feel plagued by carpet shops and their touts - but they are lovely items to take home and have as your own personalised souvenir.
There is such an array of choice - colours, textures, styles and stories.
And one of the best places i reckon to find out about them is visiting Abdoul's in Telouet.
There you can have an introduction to the history and meanings of carpets, the tribes they or the copies they represent have come from and the purposes of them, whether in the mountains or out in the desert.
and whether the carpet is an old tradtional carpet or a copy or commercially made carpet.
Many shops around Morocco are dealing in mass produced rugs and kilims ie they are lesser quality copies etc, often with dyes that will run if wet and do not bother to tell the learner these things when looking for a quick sale is the ultimate, nor do many carpet touts or salesmen understand the difference between qualities.
There is of course no obligation to buy, of course they would love if it you do as they are beautiful items to take that i recommend everyone to have at least one!
Consider this over some excellent mint tea and check out the berber jewellery and learn something of that too.
What to buy: Woollen rugs and kilims, cactus silk/fibre rugs - good chance to find some good antique rugs, a variety of wools, tradtional berber and tribal designs. or choose for a cheaper commercial kilim.
Silver berber jewellery.
What to pay: Well you pay for the authenticity and whichever quality and style you want - and its not ikea!
Just bear in the mind the women who made them might only have got a tenth of the price youre being asked!
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La Maison Berbere Nomade: Carpet Shop
We stopped here after visiting the kasbah, Apparently some of our party had requested a visit to a carpet shop!!! I braced myself - I've perfected my "I'm not buying a carpet Thank-You" skills after years of travelling around Turkey. Whilst working as a Holiday Rep there, I sat through numerous 'carpet demonstrations' However, I still enjoy listening to how the carpets are made, and learning about the patterns and colours
We sat sipping our mint tea while roll upon roll of carpets and rugs were unfurled. This time though it was quite interesting. I did learn some new things about the locally made works of art. I.e what the various symbols represent, why some carpets have an unfinished edge, what Granny carpets are, and about wedding carpets. I'll try and explain later in my local customs tips
Some of our party did want to buy something, in fact they took so long, we were late setting off for Tighza our next destination. We returned the next day for those who'd bought carpets to pick up their neatly packaged bundles.
What to buy: Carpets, rugs, kilims/ hanbels, Glaouas or Zanafis. You can also purchase jewellery here.
Our guide recommended that we would be better purchasing carpets at this shop rather than in Marrakech, as the prices were better, and this was a reputable place to shop. (Yes, I'd be cynical too normally, but it was our party that asked to visit a carpet shop, and not the guide suggesting it- Check VTer Angiebabe for more info about this carpet shop - she knows it very well
One of our group had purchased a carpet in Marrakech before the tour started, and realised she'd been ripped off, after hearing the prices of the carpets here. So she managed to stop the payment going through, and managed to sort out a better price on our return to Marrakech
What to pay: How good are Your haggling skills??? Check out prices in fixed price shops to get an idea. Decide what You can afford and stick to it!
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the Telouet Thursday souk: souk shopping
On Thursdays villagers from miles around come into town for the busy souk held in its souk space behind the main street - can be quite a colourful affair with the berber ladies in their multi coloured clothing, the colours of the textiles for sale, the fruit and vegetables, the array of animals in the 'donkey' park with colourful saddle blankets etc.
so some interesting cultural sights to see as the locals go about their business. Have a roam around whats for sale - can be as interesting as baby chicks to popcorn made in ancient popcorn making devices, raffia baskets and watermelons, silver trinkets, tagine dishes and boxes of gunpowder tea and tide washing powder, varying makes of mint tea teapots.
and all sorts of plastic things from China!
See the berber dentist and berber shoe fixer at work!
What to buy: tagine dishes can be pretty low priced here, good place to get your shoes fixed but prices will generally double or triple if its for you the tourist!
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