This is a magnificent shop retailing high class goods by local craftsmen. The amount of items on display and quality is outstanding, providing a range of goods in size and value which cater for all budgets.
You will see similar items much cheaper in the medina, however can you be sure of the quality and will the metal work change colour soon after you return home. Quality metalwork should not change colour.
We purchased a Bellews, hand made from camel bone and metal, it looked magnificent in the shop and still looks the same in our home 6 months later.
We had no problems getting it through the strict Australian Customs on return. They examined the Bellews, checked the camel bone to ensure it had been properly treated, no dry blood or camel hair attached.
What to buy: Everything you see in the attached photos and more.
What to pay: Prices vary with the individual item, however costly compared to medina stall prices, but comparatively very cheap compared with anything I could purchase at home.
Apart from the usual pieces of arts and crafts works and jewelry that visitors of Morocco take back home, it is worth while to take a look at the Moroccan festive mainstream fashion that is offered at the Fès souks.
Alternately with western-style evening robes the "marocaines" favour wearing the "caftan" for weddings and other important parties. In the shopping streets of the large cities the shops often offer fashionable and Haute Couture caftans, while the souks rather sell the traditional, a bit "touristic" style of caftans. The prices at the souks range from 500 to 3000 MAD and more. At some shops the caftan is tailored according to the customer's wishes.
Who is interested in the latest caftan fashion might want to take a look at the "Femmes du Maroc" fashion-magazine, that appears once a month in French and often dedicates a few pages to festive fashion (also on the internet "www.femmesdumaroc.com"). Once a year the "Caftan", a fashion show in Marrakech, presents the latest Haute couture.
This is an open area to shop near the place of Moulay Idriss - the pictures should give you an idea of the long lists of things available to you...
What to buy: Henna, pottery, herbal shampoo, kohl for the eyes, tajines...
What to pay: Everything here is inexpensive - bargain and leave with a bargain....
Ali, the helper at this store, refused to accept any money for the pictures I was taking of his place - immediately I had confidence in him and bought a few things after tea. Classic Fes hospitality, no pressure, incredible goods...
Bargaining pt 1
What to buy: Swords, mirrors, hookahs, treasure chests, lamps, charcoal for incense, masks, amber items...
What to pay: There are simply too many items to list but the price is fair on everything - just haggle a bit for the hell of it....
HEAR MOROCCAN ARABIC: Bishal Haddak? - How much?
HEAR MOROCCAN ARABIC: Bzaaf! (Too Msuch!)
HEAR MOROCCAN ARABIC: SHUKRAN!
Find the famous fes tannery and there will be tons of leather stores in the area. They sell everything you can imagine. From slippers to purses, chairs to jackets. I purchased a pair of yellow, pointy slippers that were very popular with the locals.
The medina in Fes is much better to buy instead of Marrachesh. Less tourists, so you are able to bargain a better price. But babouchs has a bigger variaty in Marrachesh´s medina.
What to buy: Rugs, babouchs, ceramics, leather stuff
What to pay: babouch around 100 dirham
This Medina is huge!!! They actually suggest a local guide because you can get lost in here. This shopping area is from the 9th century and it looks like it. No pictures will do it justice and you will be amazed at how you feel like you are going back in time as you walk around the stores, the blacksmiths, wood workers, etc. Absolutely amazing.
Just watch out you may here "Balek, balek", if you do get to the side a donkey is coming through the narrow corridor.
Overall this was a great experience, although we didn't get a chance to wander around and buy things I truly felt like I was way back in time.
Within the medina there are different areas for specific types of crafts and goods. There are those which mainly sell clothing like jalaba’s, hendiras and fabrics – some sell more leather goods and others selling furniture, ceramics and metalware. Then there are the other shops selling oils and soaps. Wherever you roam, there is always something to catch your eye or tempt your pocket.
Moroccan Rugs and kilims or hanbels are colourful light woven rugs usually in bright colours and the cost is usually determined by not only the design, and quality but the size as well. They are made by the Berber people and all the wool is hand dyed from colours obtained from vegetables.
Good leather goods abound in Fez from all the tanneries. Here you will probably find the best in Morocco. Pouffe’s are big cushion type seats which are used like ottomans. They are usually made of sheepskin or goatskin which is dyed and then embroidered. You can buy them unstuffed which makes it easier to take home.
In one of the bigger metal stores you will see workers actually hammering away designs on their products. Beautiful trays are created without so much as a stencil to go by. The craftsmen sketch a basic form of the pattern onto the brass tray then taps away with a pointed tool similar to a metal pencil and a hammer.
You will see anything from doorknockers to lamps, teapots to tagines, vases to planters - all beautifully crafted. A lot are in the plain brass and others are in the damascene which is the brass with another metal such as gold or silver inlaid.
This fabulous medieval shopping mall has... everything. You just have to stop and... bargain.
Believe me, with more or less tea, with more or less money, you are going to buy tons of unexpected crafts, clothes, spices and... no idea, but you'll find out.
This is the stronghest experience in Morocco.
Great shop in Talaa Kabira for moraccan crafts, jewelry, great leader, candles. All the articles are a mix of mroccan artisanat and a contampory style.
That's the only one shop where you can find that kind of crafts in Fez.
What to buy: Candles, leader, pasmenterie, ceramic,... but all with a great design.
Everywhere throughout the markets you will see the Moroccan slipper shoe. They are made up of leather and called babouches. They are soft and come in all colours and styles, some with sequins.