Carpets in Kairouan

Sit down! Have some tea! More tea! Rest your feet! The carpet sellers in Kairouan are all about your comfort… until it’s time for you to exit; then the pressure is on. Though it takes a dogged persistence not to give in to their sales tactics, it’s still worth stepping into one of these shops to watch a parade of beautiful carpets be unrolled before you. You are led past a Berber woman slowly tying the threads on a loom and told how long it takes her to laboriously make a carpet as you watch her hands move slowly, carefully. Having seen women in China use the same technique and work about 980 times faster, I knew this was a piece of salesmanship. If you are to buy one, stick to your bargaining skills! But don’t forego the experience of a carpet house.

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