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Street of the Tentmakers (Sharia Khayamiya)

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Reviewed February 18, 2019

Like the other reviews below mention, this is where the locals go and not the tourists. If you walk north, through Bab Zuwayla (the gate), you will find yourself in dozens of small streets packed with truly local shops. Skip Khan el-Khalili and see this...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 8, 2019

The Tentmakers’ Street - Sharia Khayamiya, was recommended to us by local friends as the site of an Authentic Market place of Cairo vs the quite touristic Khan Al-Khalili - and they were right. Sharia Khayamiya focuses on various textile products, the majority of which...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank David B L
Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

We went to the tent maker market expecting to find only fabrics and so , but to our surprise we end up in the most amazing market in Cairo We have already visit the bazar and thought it was nice, but the tent makers market...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank mariasilvina214
Reviewed December 16, 2018

Briefly: A street filled with quilt-makers; we purchased a quilt here (actually, at the one quilt maker on the other side of Bab Zuwayla) and would have likely purchased another had we gone back. Lots of markets adjoining it, and it makes a nice afternoon...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Sobbuh
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

This covered market was built in the late 1600's by a man who was in charge of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. This market area produced the brightly colored printed fabrics that were used for the caravans bound for Mecca. Now the materials are used...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank AdventureDiva
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

It’s such a joy to visit tentmakers Street (elkhayamia), it’s not a big area but filled with artisans innsmall shops lined next to each other under a covered roof. Reaching it from the side of Al Azhar and Khan Elkhalili, you have to walk through...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank sherine204
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.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank TravelFunGal
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

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank Ruth K
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

Date of experience: March 2017
11  Thank Craig T
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

Date of experience: December 2016
5  Thank NathanielF62
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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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