Magnificent Morocco – 22. Buying a magic carpet in Fez

A must have experience of visiting a country like Morocco is getting a traditional carpet.   My uncle has a couple he got from when he lived in Iran in 1970s.

This is a big grand place, there was a loom upstairs with a part finished one, but don’t think the actual manufacturing is done here.

DSCF8382 1024

Notice the DHL poster.   As part of the deal on a larger carpet, the vendor says shipping is included.   One of the very large ones hung up had a price tag of $10,000

DSCF8383 1024

In the true style of business in this part of the world, selling handicrafts has to be done an aggressive and fun way.   Here at this shop, we are given a tour of the place, some mint tea and a selection of carpets brought out for our perusal.

I think only myself and this American Jewish girl who was with our youth hostel bought a carpet (which hers was $200) which was meant to be a traditional Berber Jewish style pattern did some buying.

DSCF8388 1024

The purple one in the top right is now mine 🙂   I think I got it for about £65 in the end.   There are cheers from the owner and his assistants as we each go over to the credit card terminals.   Its part of a big well rehearsed act, even though there is guilt as I try and work out how much money I have spent over my intended budget this week.

The owner says these carpets are all made unique, they will appreciate with age as an investment and could be resold at an auction.

I call mine a magic carpet, just as Morocco is a kind of magical place and it will be something to remember these fascinating places.   I was asked to give one of shop workers a small tip as he bundles the carpets upto into a neat sausage shaped bag to squeeze into my flight case for later.

DSCF8389 1204

After all this hard work negotiating with eager shop keepers, its time for lunch with the folks I met at my youth hostel.

Previous 21. The Tannery

Next 23. Jewish treasures hidden in a Islamic city

Advertisements

2 comments on “Magnificent Morocco – 22. Buying a magic carpet in Fez

  1. Pingback: Magnificent Morocco – 21. The tannery | Brit In Jerusalem

  2. Pingback: Magnificent Morocco – 23. Jewish treasures hidden in a Islamic city | Brit In Jerusalem

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s