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“Quaint but caveat emporer”
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Small-Group Évora Day Trip from Lisbon with Olive Oil Tastings
Simpsonville, South Carolina
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“Quaint but caveat emporer”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

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.

Visited June 2012
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Antwerp, Belgium
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“Rugs, rugs and rugs”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

World famous for its special technique of making woollen rugs. You'll find more than a dozen small shops selling their own creations. In some of them you can see the artisans at work. The traditional patterns are to be found in most of the shops and are rather overwrought. We thought the prices were slightly over the top compared to other handmade rugs that we saw on our trip in the Alentejo.
The town is very pretty and in itself worth a visit.

Visited December 2012
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“A must side trip from Evora”
Reviewed April 1, 2012

Arraiolos is a small town about 16 miles north of Evora. There are many shops selling the world famous hand-embroidered wool rugs. Most of the owners could speak English. It was so interesting to go from shop to shop looking at the different rug designs and colors. We were told that the origin can be attributed to the Moorish occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. One shop gave me a brochure that explained the rugs. "The Arraiolos rugs are worked with strands of thick wool of many colors in oblique stitches on a foundation of linen, tow, cotton or sacking. The ornamental quality of their designs which varies according to the different periods in which they were created survived up to now without losing their originality and beauty." The rugs ranged in size from very small to room size. These beautiful rugs could be hung on a wall or on the floor. We chose two from different shops. Each rug came with guarantee of authenticity. We carried our rugs back in our suitcase but they will ship as well. I would recommend these shops: Sempre Noiva at 33 Rua Alexandre Herculano and Casa Quintao. If you had any questions, I do have the e-mail address for the first shop. semprenoiva@gmail.com. These rugs are high quality and truly are heirlooms. I know they sell these in Lisbon and in New York City as well.

Visited March 2012
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Bend, Oregon
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“Watch the local women sew rugs!”
Reviewed March 16, 2012

This is an interesting little village with many tapetes or carpet makers. Walk through the small village and observe the women making the carpets.

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“Typical Alentejo Town Center”
Reviewed November 26, 2011

Arraiolos town center is a nice area to stroll around. Composed by many small white houses, churches (like the rococo baroque Matriz and the XVI century Misericórdia) and clean and well managed streets. The pelourinho or pillory from the XVI century still stands in town.
Here and there, there are some stores of the famous Arraiolos tapestry, the local and world renowned tapestries that take long time to do and last for generations.
As any Portuguese town, Arraiolos has a local sweet, called Toucinho Pastries (Pastéis de Toucinho). The dough is made with wheat flour, lard, tepid water and salt, while the filling is composed by cream with sugar, bacon, almonds and egg yolks.
The town has 3.450 inhabitants.

Visited December 2010
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