along route touristique: ceramics are a great deal
Along the Route Touristique are a bunch of shops all in a row. They sell everything from Jewlery to ceramics to stuffed camels.
What to buy: There are great deals to be had on some of the traditionally designed dishware, plates and other ceramic items. I had seen similiar items elsewhere in Tunisia but these were the most reasonably priced. Some medium sized dishes and bowls were only 1 or 2 dinars. There wasn't even a need to bargain! This isn't usually the case however. Usually you really ought to bargain or you will be ripped off. In one of the shops a man originally said a bracelet I wanted was 35 dinars, but I ended up buying it for 5.
What to pay: Don't forget to Bargain
the little souk: berber carpets at low prices
A little souk - very little - but charming in any case. The main merchandise seemed to be the carpets... not as precious or refined as the famous ones of Kairouan - but Berber carpets - woven in thick wool - with traditional geometric designs. The choice - although limited - offered something for every taste: natural coloured carpets, or more cheerfully coloured ones.
What to buy: berber carpets
What to pay: It depends on your bargaining skills. Just as a reference I ended up buying a cream and green- handmade carpet - for a really cheap price, or so it seemed to me.
I bargained like crazy - thought I had made an excellent deal (30$) - but the salesperson must have thought differently since he would not let me leave and kept giving me things for free: handpainted plates, a stuffed camel, plenty of postcards.
the little souk: handpainted plates and vases
What to buy: Plates and vases are the next thing to buy here: they are not much different than all the other places I have been to, but they were surely much cheaper, and of the same quality. Here too the designs range from the traditional ones (inspired by the decorations on the typical Tunisian ceramics) to the Berber ones. You can distinguish them by the colours used - traditional normally use dark blue as their main colour - Berber have brighter tones and employ a wider palette of hues
What to pay: It depends on your barganining skills. About 10-15 dinars, as a general guide, for a mid-sized plate.
Small Woollen Carpets
I don't really have a name, but you find old men selling small woollen carpets on the side of the main square. Nobody forces you to buy anything and people seem to be more like ashamed of having to sell for their living. Very touching - and decent prices.
What to buy: Carpets
What to pay: 1 carpet ca. 50 cm x 100 cm around 20 EUR.
The local markets: Smell the flavor
When you're in Tozeur, locate the local shops outside in the streets. the fruits they are selling is delicious!
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