Shopping in Central Morocco

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Skoura

    La Poterie Chez La Famille Kabor

    Down the hill, 1km from Chez Talout, three generations of the same family handcraft earthen bread ovens and elegant urns, along with easier-to-transport cups, bowls and plates. Super-friendly Mohamed demonstrates the ancient process, from vigorously crushing the clay with a wooden bat to working the wheel with the heel of his foot. A fun experience for all ages. There's also a small women's cooperative nearby making bright handwoven rugs and crocheted items; ask Mohamed to show you.

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    Berber Carpets

    This cooperative in the Auberge Royal Palmas sells a range of handmade carpets, from simple kilims to more elaborate pieces that took many months to create. You can watch the women weavers in action, and there's little pressure to buy. Prices range from Dh500 to more than Dh15,000. Credit cards accepted and shipping available.

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    Coopérative de Tissage

    Glimpse women artisans at work (Monday to Friday) on hanbels (woven carpets) and embroidered straw mats, and take one home at posted fixed prices based of the quality and size of the piece in question.

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    Women's Cooperative of Aït Bououli

    This is a 40-member cooperative that takes every aspect of carpet-making into its own hands: tending and shearing sheep; carding and spinning fluffy lambswool into yarn; and collecting plants to dye yarn rich hues. Look for a sign pointing just off the valley road around 2.5km west of Sebt Aït Bououli, below the village of Assameur. The members also take turns minding the shop, so you’ll be buying carpets from the woman who made it, her sister or her neighbour. If you find the door closed, which is likely as the opening hours are somewhat of a suggestion, just call the director and she’ll come down from the village to open the small storeroom.

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    Horizon Artisanat

    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 adults with disabilities and integrate disabled children and adults into the community. The association supports some 2500 people, including 53 permanent staff members. With prior arrangement, it's also possible to tour the facility and meet the craftsmen.

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    Galerie d’Art Chez Zaid

    At the converted home of Zaid Abbou, who runs the museum at Lalla Mimouna, you might find Tinejdad-made ceramics in the courtyard, sand-worn bracelets in the salon and well-patched nickel silver teapots in the kitchen, alongside his beautiful calligraphy. There's also a small cafe-restaurant. In downtown Tinejdad, 200m after the Shell station on the right, if you're coming from Tinherir.

  • Shopping in Merzouga

    Depot Nomade

    This tardis-like, rammed-earth store is a seemingly never-ending series of interconnected rooms that's a one-stop shop for Moroccan arts and crafts. You'll find everything from tightly woven kilim, to inlaid mirrors, studded leather bags and tribal jewellery. They also support the local initiative to encourage visitors not to give money to school-age children and to get them back in education.

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    La Dune Doré

    Opened in 2016, this welcoming shop in Hassi Labied stocks high-quality products made in Morocco, including oils made from argan, almond, prickly pear and saffron – all of which offer alleged health benefits, ranging from improved circulation to cellulite reduction. Prices are fixed, so no hard bargaining required. You can also get henna painting on your hands (around Dh70).

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    Unité de Distillation de Rose

    Coming from Skoura, this rosewater distillery is located on the right 500m before the town. A cooperative of five farms, every element of the rose is used to make rose oil, rosewater for cosmetics and cooking and petals for potpourri. The adjoining shop offers a full range of products, including rosewater used as a face tonic and perfume.

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    Association Gorge du Dadès

    Tufted carpets are made at this weaving cooperative, but soft kilim blankets made with undyed, extra-fluffy lambswool are signature pieces. The women are introducing nonchemical dyes made from local walnut shells (brown), onion skins (yellow) and poppies (black). Items are sold at fixed prices and the weaver is paid directly.

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    Chez Les Artistes

    Creative French-Amazigh (Berber) couple, Johanne and Lahcen, have set up a small, rammed-earth art gallery and cafe in the village of Khamlia. Her work is figurative, drawing inspiration from desert peoples, while he creates vibrant abstracts incorporating Amazigh symbols. They serve good coffee, too.

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    Monday Souq

    You'll need to go early to this small, authentic Monday-morning market, where turbaned men haggle over oasis produce and catch up with their nomadic neighbours – by the heat of high noon it's largely over. It's on your right as you enter town heading south, opposite the water tower.

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    Cooperative Kasr Al Hamra

    Abderrahim Ougarane returned to his roots to become an artisan producer of date jams and syrup. Enjoy a tasting and leave with jars of this naturally sweet treat, a nomad superfood packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Call ahead (he speaks English and French) for directions.

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    Sunday Souq

    Escape the mayhem of the Sunday souq and wander 500m down the side street with signs for Kasbah Baha Baha and through a doorway bedecked with dented pots to find Nkob’s teapot mender, whose services are in high demand on market days.

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    Atlas Extreme

    This small shop carries an impressive variety of trekking and climbing equipment, including hard-to-find butane canisters for camping stoves and a small selection of maps.

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    Cooperative Tikniouine

    This cooperative was formed in 2005 by plucky young women who secured EU funding to start cultivating organic walnuts, collecting mountain wildflower honey, and making their own mild, aged cow's-milk cheese, which tastes like a cross between gouda and emmental. At the cooperative’s centre, which now employs 17 women full time, you can sample and purchase the products. However, operating hours are a suggestion at best, so you may have to try several times before you find it open. It is signposted off the main road just west of the Gîte Timit.

  • Shopping in Skoura

    Skoura Cultural Centre

    At this small space, Skoura residents sell items made with palm fronds, sustainably harvested without harming the trees. For travellers who’ve admired one of Morocco’s most majestic palm groves, these sun hats, bread baskets, mats and lanterns make meaningful mementos, while purchases support the centre’s palm preservation efforts. It’s 300m on the left after the Skoura crossroads to Toundoute.

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    Produits Agricoles Naturelles

    Honey that’s considered rare elsewhere abounds in the hills around Demnate, and this shop across from the O'Libya petrol station on the road towards Azilal has a decent selection of honey and other local products. The mountain herb and wildflower honey is a standout with its peppery, thyme flavour, while the zriga (a local blue wildflower) honey tastes fruity, almost like guava.

  • Shopping in Ouarzazate

    Complexe Artisanal

    Opposite the kasbah, this sprawling complex of state-run showrooms (only of few of which seem to be open at any given time) features elaborately woven tapestries, local stone carvings, inlaid daggers, metal lanterns and embroidered linens. The Coopérative de Tissage is the obvious standout.

  • Shopping in Dadès Valley

    Boutique Riyaad Al Ward

    The rose-infused lotions and potions at this small shop are certified organic, with roses purchased directly from local farmers. You'll find everything from simple rosewater to highly concentrated rose oil and hydrating rose-scented face cream.