Shopping in Marrakesh

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Entrance to KIS Boutique

Entrance to KIS Boutique

Kerstin Brand

The souqs of Marrakesh are a lot like a mall. But a very arabic, and somewhat medieval mall. There is some system in this madness, however. Here we would like to give you a few hints regarding where to find what in the Medina.

Starting from the Jma el Fna, there are two major lanes going north. Coming from the Jma, you have the Rue Mouassin on your left, and the Rue Souq Smarine on your right. Along these you will find many touristic shops and boutiques, most of them will be specialized in either carpets, leather, silver or antiques. These are just resellers.

When you look more closely and go into the side streets you can find the different trades. Going north on the Rue Souq Smarine you find the following trades: Textiles, Wool, Apothecary stalls (on Rehba Qadima), Carpets, Jewellery and Leather. After the Leather souq, you are almost at the Almoravid Koubba and it is time to turn right. Now you find blacksmith, carpenters, dyers and slipper makers. This is where prices are really low since you are quite a way from the Jma.

The streets are a bit dirtier here, and people are really at work, so sparks may be flying. This is both the place to get the best bargains, and the place to have a unique experience.

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Boutique Lac Iriqi

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Boutique Lac Iriqi offers for purchase some of the finest Berber carpets, ceramics, and finely made silver merchandise in Southern Morocco.

Morocco's history and the story of Moroccan weaving begin with the Berbers, the indigenous people of North Africa who had inhabited Morocco for centuries before the first Arab invasion in the seventh century. Today, the major weaving groups of the Middle Atlas and High Atlas mountains are Berber tribes, many of whom still live much as they did centuries earlier.

While remarkably diverse, Moroccan flat-woven and knotted pile rugs more..

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email:berbertours@gmail.com
address:Ave. Mohamed V
tel:212-61-43-96-90
url:www.berbertours.net
zipcode:45900 - Zagora

KIS Boutique & Terrace Cafe

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Entrance to KIS Boutique
Entrance to KIS Boutique
photo by: Kerstin Brand

KIS boutique & Terrace Cafe (KIS - Keep it secret), is located in the quartier of Mouassine. It is a mini concept store in the middle of the medina. The boutique appeals to the young, affluent crowd currently drawn to Marrakech looking for that bit of chic.We offer Moroccan contemporary items, from babouch to keyrings to extravagant kaftans and handbags, books.... There is something for everyone. Until now the main focus had been on the owners as well as some other designers clothes labels but since our relaunch in February 2012 we have expanded and incorporate new more..

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tel:+212 675 480018
url:www.kismarrakech.com
address:36 Derb Fhal Chidmi, Mouassine, 40000 Marrakesh, Quartier Mouassine
email:kisboutique@yahoo.com

Carpets

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Generally speaking Morocco is a good place to buy a carpet, but Marrakesh isn't the best place in Morocco. Smaller, less touristy places have lower prices, but Marrakesh has the advantage of having the biggest choice. Buying a carpet is an experience. Allow at least half a day to sip tea, discuss the price, discuss everything else in life, before you dicuss the price again. Sellers claim all carpets are old. In fact most of them, aren't.

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Moroccan Lamps

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Moroccan lamps have become en vogue over the last past years. You can buy them pretty much all over the place, but to get better prices it is worthwhile to venture a bit deeper in the Souqs. Starting from the Jma al Fna, head for the Semmarine and turn left. Now you are close to the area where the lamps are made and in the workplaces you can get the best prices.

It's pretty hard to give a more accurate description of how to get there, but getting lost a bit is quite nice in itself.

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Magical Herbs

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Most of the shops selling herbs are centered around the Rahba Kedima, near to the Jma. Although most of the shops just sell normal herbs (mostly to tourists), and have the dead lizards and frogs just for the looks of them, there are some true magicians here. They are hard to spot and they are not very interested in selling things to tourists. They specialize in a form of magic using Coranic verses to heal people.

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