Watch fossilised marble being cut into prehistoric sinks at this showroom selling some portable items, including prehistoric bookends and trilobite earrings.
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.
Marrakesh & Central Morocco
Timidarte is becoming a magnet for foodies with this artisan producer of date jam and syrup – call ahead for tastings and bargain Dh15 to Dh40 purchases.
Located 500m before you reach downtown on your right, this rosewater distillery purchases buds direct from farmers in the valley. The adjoining showroom offers a full range of perfume, creams and bath products, including uncoloured, untreated rosewater used locally as aftershave.
At this set-price showroom on the main road at the eastern edge of town, ceremonial daggers range from Dh250 to Dh1200. On the wall is a collection of local styles, ranging from Tuareg (leather-handled, straight blade) to Aït Aitta (inlaid hilt, curved blade). It’s sometimes closed for lunch.
Aït Bououli Valley
Immediately below Aït Bououli’s trio of mimetic villages is a stone-walled community association with a sign pointing visitors toward the Aït Bououli women’s carpet-weaving cooperative.
Opposite the kasbah, glimpse women artisans at work on hanbels (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 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. The association supports some 2500 people, including 53 permanent staff members.
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.
This large supermarket has imported European foods.
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.