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Street of the Tentmakers (Sharia Khayamiya)

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Address: Islamic Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Craig T
San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 wall hanging appliqués, hand sewn by these artisans. There is no hassling, people are friendly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 purchase from them. Everyone was super friendly just happy to chat with us about the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 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 they were able to make me 8 within 24 hours. Cost: E£85. For extra fee,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 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 of hibiscus tea whilst we were shown lots of examples of the size we wanted.... More 

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Cobham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 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 with scooters, tututs and pedestrians the atmosphere was busy. Good quality items to take home... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 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 of these beautiful Egyptian treasures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 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 - Islamic, Egyptian, etc., beautifully crafted. The price of other shops is also lower - particularly... More 

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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 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 al Khalili, but much calmer and no hassle at all. Also, for bargain hunters, the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2013

I wandered into the Tentmaker's Bazaar to find a shop mentioned in 'The Rough Guide' that makes bags from colorful tentmaker's fabric. There was no one at the shop when I arrived, but soon an elderly gentleman named Mokhtar Hamed came over to show me a few bags on display. I liked one in particular, and I asked if he... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2010

This street is an interesting trip into local life in Cairo. The tent makers themselves are maybe not so interesting (you're probably not going to by a tent anyway), but the roofed road in which they work has a very interesting atmosphere. You might enter the street, with your back towards the old city gate of Bab Zuweila, for a... More 

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