Trait d’Union Solidarité Alsace
Watch fossilised marble being cut into prehistoric sinks at this showroom selling some portable items, including prehistoric bookends and trilobite earrings.
Prize fossils in museum display cases aren’t for sale, but in the boutique you can buy tiny fish frozen in a final flip and ingenious espresso cups studded with ammonite fossils. It’s 5km along the Rissani road.
Snoop around this converted home of a local calligrapher and you might find Tinejdad-made crockery in the courtyard, sand-worn bracelets in the salon, and wonderful, well-patched nickel silver teapots in the kitchen. Located in downtown Tinejdad, 200m after the Shell station on the right.
A collective of five farms with an immaculate shared rosewater distillery, located 500m before you reach downtown on your right. The adjoining showroom offers a full range of bath products, including uncoloured, untreated rosewater used locally as aftershave and to bring down fever – perfect for all those feverish shaving sessions.
Life in Kelaâ M’Gouna must not always have been so rosy, because the region also has a tradition of making daggers. At this set-price showroom on the main road at the eastern edge of town, ceremonial daggers range from Dh250-1200. On the wall is a collection of local styles, ranging from Tuareg (leather-handled, straight blade) to Aït Aitta (inlaid hilt, curved blade).
The usual selection of rugs, pots, clothes and leather at fixed prices.
Opposite the kasbah, glimpse women artisans at work on hanbels (locally woven carpets) and embroidered straw mats, and take one home at posted fixed prices of Dh550 to Dh1100 per sq metre.
State-run showrooms feature local stone carvings, inlaid daggers and embroidered linens.
Henna-painted pottery, hand-painted tea glasses, and silver filigree rings produced by the local Horizon Association are sold at reasonable fixed prices, supporting Horizon’s programs to provide vocational training for handicapped adults and integrate disabled children and adults into the community.
On the north side of town, Horizon Artisanat sells handmade pottery, metalwork and carpets produced by the local Horizon Association, which works to integrate disabled children and adults into the community.
The Supermarché carries all the desert essentials: water, toothpaste, lip balm, packaged soups, cookies, film, vodka and argan anti-cellulite lotion.
There are plenty of small grocery shops in the streets around Parque Hernández. For the complete supermarket experience, go to Supersol on the road to the frontier.