Highlights near Tinghir

Buying a Bit of Berbere Culture

Tayeb welcomes us into his "maison" with a disarming sense of calm. Walls and benches are covered in carpets in dizzying patterns and colors. "First," he says, "it is our tradition to share some Moroccan whiskey." I'll party with the best of them, but it's 9 a.m. on a Sunday. Tayeb cranks up an impish grin at my confusion and clarifies, mint tea is the house drink.
We want some local culture and we get carpets, Berberes of every size, shape, age and color. But nothing on the floor. Tayeb said the floor is his pallet to paint us a history of this Berbere tradition. Let the artistry begin!
The art of buying a nomadic rug is just that - art. There are rules about materials, weaves, dyes and patterns which are important factors, but the biggest motivator is taste. We're looking for nothing in particular, but know love at first sight. Then the rugs begin spreading across the floor, ten, twenty, fifty, rug-on-rug, covering every inch. It's a bit overwhelming but a delight to the senses as well. We start "seeing" the carpets not on the floor but in our life.
The process of elimination goes quickly, two hours, with rugs disappearing to reveal our favorites. Prices are off limits until a choice is close. Kate likes one that stood out the minute it displayed. Of the five left, it's the most expensive in the shop. Bye-bye, next. Owning an heirloom isn't cheap. We bargain in a dance where toes are apologetically stepped on. Tayeb wants Keen sandals in the deal. We buy. We're in love.

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Dear Jay,
I apologize for not responding sooner regarding my carpet purchase which we discussed earlier.
I did in fact receive my carpet runner from Maison Berbere. It came around the end of October and was in perfect condition. Since it was a wedding anniversary gift for my wife, she was completely surprised after I laid it out down our 25' long hallway. The original piece was @35' so I had had the company cut that much off and had both pieces rebound at the cut areas. The shorter piece is being used as a runner on our dining table.

I could not be more pleased with both the quality of the carpet runner, its designs, which compliment our living room decor.

Also I was contacted directly by Maison Berbere regarding the shipment of the carpet, its tracking number, and approximate date of delivery.

I am more than happy to recommend Maison Berbere to anyone else traveling to Morocco and visiting Tinghir and this establishment.

Thank you also for your recommendation and addressing my concerns. All was as promised by Maison Berbere and we would not hesitate to purchase other carpet items from them in the future.

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Maison Berbere

At 7 Km In The Road To Todra Gorge From Tinghir
Tinerhir, Morocco
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