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Tour to The Tent Makers and Khan El-Khalili Bazaar

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Details of the Tour to The Tent Makers and Khan El-Khalili Bazaar     

  • Duration: From 3 To 4 Hours
  • Location: Cairo
  • Availability: Available Everyday
  • Pick up and drop off: Your Hotel
  • Tour Type: Private

Wonderful Tour to The Tent Makers and Khan El-Khalili Bazaar

Discover the beauty and magical atmosphere of the medieval era through this amazing Tour to The Tent Makers and Khan El-Khalili Bazaar. You will be picked up from your hotel and transported to the Old Islamic Al-Qahira by Egypt Fun Tour Guide. Examine the old town’s gates and walls. Then, after crossing El-Muez Street, we enter Khan El Khalili Tourist Bazaar where we explore the Egyptian souvenirs and learn about daily life in Egypt. Continue on with our walking tour to Al Ghoriya, followed by Al Khayamia Tentmakers Market, where you can browse the fabric stores and see the exquisitely artistic patterns made by hand there. Along with exterior views of the Al-Hakim Mosque and the Al Saleh Talaie Mosque, the tour includes the historic Cairo entrances of El Nasr and Zwailia.

Itinerary

  • Pick up: Your hotel’s lobby
  • Stop 1: Bab El-Fotouh or Bab El Nasr
  • Stop 2: TKhan El Khalili Bazaar
  • Stop 3: Tentmakers Bazaar
  • Drop-off: Your hotel

Price is quoted per person in USD

  • Solo 119$
  • 2 ppl 69$
  • 3 ppl 59$
  • 4 ppl 49$
  • 5+ ppl 39$

About the Tent Makers

The Tentmakers of Cairo are skilled artisans who are recognized for their production of Khayamiya, a decorative Egyptian art appliqué textile that dates back to ancient Egypt. These talented artisans create colorful and elaborately patterned appliqués used to decorate tents, serving a dual function of shelter and ornamentation. The Street of the Tentmakers (Shari’a al-Khayamiyya, or Suq al-Khayamiyya) is located in the Qasaba of Radwan Bey, a historic covered market built in the 17th century in Cairo, Egypt.

The Tentmakers of Cairo are predominantly male, and historically, they fabricated and decorated tents for royalty and nobility. Khayamiya features hand-stitched cotton appliqué over a heavy cotton back, and is one of the surviving specialty quarters in Islamic Cairo. The Market of the Tentmakers is in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo and is a popular destination for tourists to witness these art pieces being made firsthand and to purchase Khayamiya as souvenirs.

The tradition of Tentmaking has been preserved and the contemporary tentmakers create Khayamiya textile art pieces that are displayed and sold in the Khan el-Khalili Souk in Cairo. The art form of Khayamiya has also influenced other contemporary artists in their mixed-media works.

Overall, the Tentmakers of Cairo and their Khayamiya artwork showcase the rich cultural heritage of Egypt and its skilled artisans. The Street of the Tentmakers is a must-visit spot for anyone interested in witnessing the tradition of Tentmaking firsthand and purchasing decorative art pieces.

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