About 20km north of Évora is the small town of Arraiolos, famed for its exquisite tapetes (carpets). These handwoven works have been in production here since the 12th century and show a marked influence from Persian rugs. It seems half the town is involved in this artistry, and on a casual stroll through town, you might encounter several locals stitching in front of their homes. Rug patterns are based on abstract motifs, azulejo designs or flower, bird or animal depictions.
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