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Street of the Tentmakers (Sharia Khayamiya)

Islamic Cairo, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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“bab zuweila” (2 reviews)
“great market” (2 reviews)
“khan el” (2 reviews)
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Islamic Cairo, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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US$23 per adult
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Reviewed May 24, 2018

There are also beautifully made quilts and pillowcases (just ignore the touristy camel pieces). I heard the quilts were originally "wedding quilts" used to drape over tents at weddings. Great artistry to just walk around and appreciate.

Thank Leslie H
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Reviewed February 26, 2018

The Tentmakers Market is an historic covered alleyway with wonderful market stalls selling appliqued textiles( cushions, mats etc), tapestries and rugs. No hassle. Many of the market stall holders are also producing their own goods, so you can watch how it is done. Take taxi...More

2  Thank Ruth K
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Reviewed March 15, 2017

Frankly, I'd gladly skip Khan el Khalili with it's hard core merchants who are selling a lot of crap made in China and come to the Street of the Tentmakers if you want a real Egyptian souvenir. There aren't that many tents, but most gorgeous...More

9  Thank Craig T
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Reviewed February 23, 2017

This is where you want to come and buy locally made goods. I bought some lovely tapestries and bags, for reasonable prices, no haggling needed. 99% of the shoppers are locals, so unlike khan al khalili, no one is aggressively trying to get you to...More

3  Thank Nathaniel F
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Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

My store-bought reusable shopping bags are always falling apart so I decided to go to street of the Tentmaker's, near ban Zuweiha and see if I could get some custom-made. I found the canvas and then someone to make them up according to specification, and...More

4  Thank amyzengrace
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Reviewed April 8, 2016

Visited Al Farouk applique wall hangings shop near Bab Zewailah in the souk. So many beautiful wall hangings and cushion covers, The workmanship has improved tremendously since buying our original hanging 33 years ago. Now they exhibit all over the world. No hassle and cups...More

1  Thank Sylvia H
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Reviewed April 7, 2016

It was great to wander through this market, everyone is friendly and they are willing to talk to you and show you the quilts and wallhangings without any pressure of buying. It was fun too as a heard of goats came through the market and...More

2  Thank Karensinden
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Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is an exciting place to visit. When I was there, men were quilting beautiful bedspreads and tapestries by hand. We were given a quilt for our wedding and have been using it for almost 20 years. You will have a hard time resisting one...More

4  Thank budaluebbe
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

I came across a reference to the Tentmakers Street an am so glad I did. It is about 1/3 the price of other sellers, and you get to meet these remarkable artisans. I bought handmade applique pillowcases and a hanging there - traditional patterns -...More

10  Thank A_Winter_12
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

This is by far my favourite bit of Cairo. It's a close as you are going to get to walking down Harry Potter's Diagon Alley! It is an amzing medivael street which looks like it has not changed in centuries, not far from the Khan...More

8  Thank landcruiser_999
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Response from amyzengrace | Reviewed this property |
I can't answer you about shipping to the US, but I do have a name and several email addresses from the guy I did business with. Egyptian Patchwork The guy's name is Ashraf Hashem 18 El Kyyamia St. (Facing Bab Zuweila... More
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