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Carpet Souk Review

North on Rue Semarine and just after the Souk el Attarine branches off left, the next right turn off the street (which is now more properly named Rue Souk el-Kebir—the Big Souk Street) brings you into the main carpet souk called the Souk Zrabia or Le Criée Berbère. This small square was the site of the old slave auctions held up until the French occupied the city in 1912. Thankfully nowadays, it's only carpets that are sold off. The flat, shiny floor in the middle of the surrounding boutiques makes a change from the cobbles, and is used to roll out the rugs to display to potential buyers. The carpet souk can also be reached from a passage in Rahba Qdima's northeast corner (to the right of Le Café des Épices). There are auctions at 5 pm daily (except Friday), when Berbers come down from the mountains to sell their wares to the vendors. This is strictly for the "trade" only, but it's a marvelous sight. You can also ask a vendor in advance to buy for you, at reduced rates.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Rahba Qdima, Medina, Marrakesh
  • Location: Medina
Updated: 09-15-2011

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