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Marrakech



Marrakech
Introduction

1. Jemaa al-Fna

2. Artists

3. Juice and barbecue

4. The great suuqs

5. Crafts

6. Shopping

7. Mosque of Koutoubia

8. Ben Youssef

9. El-Bahia palace

10. Almoravid koubba

11. Saadian Tombs

12. El-Badi Palace

13. Dar Si Said

14. Menara gardens

15. Majorelle gardens

16. Agdal garden

17. Mellah and Mi‚ara

18. City ramparts

19. Palm gardens

20. Modern streets

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MARRAKECH
Suuqs: Shopping


Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco


Buying natural products can be highly rewarding as well as great fun. Numerable shops specialize in everything from gourmet dates to humdrum henna. Many have kilo prices clearly marked. For many tourist with haggling fatigue, this is a relief. And few of these vendors seem to allow you to walk away with the wrong product, and openly invite you to taste or smell before you buy.
You wont have to walk far before the first great offers on carpets come your way. Moroccan carpets come in several different styles, some of indigenous patterns and techniques (these are the best!!!), while others are of designed according to foreign styles. Persian-like rugs are generally a poor buy in Morocco. They are far more expensive than the so-called Berber carpets, and once brought home to your country, without any second-hand value.
If you stick to Berber carpets prices range from OK to very affordable. Prepare for some serious mint tea drinking, wagging, wringing, head shaking, sighing and smiling before you're done and prices have reached an acceptable level. Or you have reached the point where you don't care and the sales man is preparing for an early afternoon to celebrate that one fantastic sale he is going to tell all his friends and family about.
In general, a good carpet will cost around 300- 500 dh per square meter. Small Berber carpets should cost not much more than 200- 300 dh.
If you ask me, products using camel bone is the ideal souvenir. It is unique and environmental friendly. "Everything" seems to be made from it. The second photo shows camel bones used both in natural white colour, as well as coloured from henna (the brown pieces). Everything else is in metals, of course.





By Tore Kjeilen