"learn about, look at, appreciate, buy carpets" Top 5 Page for this destination Morocco Things to Do Tip by angiebabe
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This could go in a Shopping Tip but i dont think anyone really puts looking at them on their list of tip priorities - plus i will add one there as well anyway!
But Ive grown to love Moroccan carpets - i was ripe for the picking anyway - but ive been quite immersed in them (with my own carpet shop family!) and I eagerly take note of any i go past - and Ive bought quite a few (too many actually) already.
Theyre doing quite internationally actually as some have travelled as gifts to dear relatives in Australia, some are being looked after by friends and family in NZ, some are just here with me in London.
Traditionally carpet making has always been by women - influenced from tribe to tribe - often symbolising important events in their lives - eg when a female baby is born a carpet would be created to carry on through her life until completed at the time of her marriage.
There are carpets that are necessities as part of every day living in a nomadic family to provide warm flooring in the winter and turned over for the warmth of summer or the mess of meals. There are kilims that are designed to cope with the everyday sand and dust that gets in everywhere.Carpets made of camel hair or sheep or goats wool and also carpets made with the fibre that comes from the cactus plant. Just watch the salesmen eagerly show you their flame test!
Today many are being made production line fashion in big factory like places such as Tazenakht and sent off around Morocco flooding shops in every town and village in the hope of getting the tourist dollar. Unfortunately many of these are quickly made copies, made with less than desired quality wools and dyes. There are now even machines that quickly make a carpet and even a professional can not tell its beeen made with a punching machine.
but anyway there are still many old and traditional carpets to be found. Do some research and preparation reading, Hunt out recommended shops, and ask for what theyve got out the back thats not just a commercial carpet. And have a haggle.
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