Arraiolos is charming and colorful and the people very, very welcoming. It's streets are narrow and welcoming. Very quiet in the mid-afternoon. Lots of rug stores with women working at creating some beautiful pieces. We were in one store and after looking and speaking with the saleslady, we felt as though her "hand crafted" rugs were perhaps made somewhere else and perhaps enmasse. If you buy a piece make sure you see examples of completed work by the people that are there is the shop.