Featured 08 Jan
Kairouan carpets increasingly popular abroad
Kairouan carpets increasingly popular abroad

The production of handicrafts, particularly carpets, recorded a 71% increase in the governorate of Kairouan compared to last year, according to regional crafts commissioner Tarek Néji.

Carpet exports also increased by 5 to 10 percent over the same period, he said on the sidelines of the Regional Crafts Fair (21 to 31 December) at the Village of Handicrafts in Barouta.

The revival of the sector is due in particular to the resumption of tourism activities, the improvement of the quality of Tunisian handicrafts and the five-year strategy put in place for the period 2018-2022. This plan aims to increase the contribution of crafts to local development, promote quality and develop know-how, he said.

More than 30 craftsmen, representing various specialties, take part in the fair which recorded the visit of members of the Tunisian-Saudi group of support to the craftsman. They expressed their willingness to involve artisans from the region in trade shows abroad to help them market their products, the source said.

The governorate of Kairouan occupies the first place nationwide in carpet manufacturing and Margoum, an activity that employs 7,000 artisans out of a total of 15 thousand professionals in the region.

Featured 08 Jan
Best Markets for Holiday Shopping in Tunisia: Ancient and Modern
Best Markets for Holiday Shopping in Tunisia: Ancient and Modern

The city of Tunis is a combination of the Arab and African spirit, as well as the picturesque beaches overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the vast deserts, the temperate climate, the historical sites that tell the ancient history. Another defining feature is the shopping in Tunis, which provides visitors with the opportunity to discover the ancient city. These are the best markets of antiquity and modern malls for holiday shopping in Tunisia.

Shopping in Tunis

Here we take you on a tour of the most important shopping areas in Tunis from popular markets and modern centers.

8 Best Markets from Ancient Tunisia

Market in Tunisia

View of beautiful and colorful bags and rugs in a market in Tunis, Tunisia

1. Al-Bay market

Al-Bay market is one of the oldest markets in Tunisia, dating back more than two centuries. The Al-Bay market is located along the eastern wall of Dar Al-Bay, known as the Palace of Government. It specializes in trading carpets, silk fabrics, jewelry, and precious metals.

silk fabric

2. Market Blessing

Market Blessing is an extension of the Bay market. It has been there since the seventeenth century slave trade. But today it is one of the most popular shopping centers in Tunis for the trade of precious metals and gold jewelry.

beautiful bracelets

3. Attarin market

Founded in the 13th century AD, the Al Attarin market is rich in important historical monuments such as the Zaytouna, Khaldounia and the National Library. It is famous for its perfume, henna, perfumery, and other handicraft products.

perfume bottles

4. Cloth market

Located west of the Zaytouna Mosque, the cloth market was founded in the twelfth century. This market was known as the textile market. It is famous for its trade in textiles, traditional manufacturing, handicrafts, as well as the carpet trade.

rug market in Tunisia

5. Market rhetoric

The market rhetoric was established in the seventeenth century by the manufacturer of ballet or kandara , which is traditional footwear.

6. Copper market

The copper market is one of the best shopping places in Tunis. It dates back to the thirteenth century and is known as the Saffarin market. It is the only market for manufacturing copper, making, painting, and selling copperware, and many other commercial activities. Visitors can buy brass ware and decorations as they please.

copper teapot

7. The market of the Turk

The market of the Turk, since its inception in the seventeenth century, has sold traditional clothing such as the Kalba and braking and chest and ribs and Bernos Albai and products of various traditional industries.

8. Shawashin Market

Known as the market Shawashin or Hafsi market, the manufacture and sale of Alchia, a traditional craft of the Andalusian industries, which was chosen by the great Aayn of Tunisia, and has been a great market since the eighteenth century.

4 Best markets for modern holiday shopping in Tunisia

1. Mall of Tunisia

The Mall of Tunisia is one of the largest and most modern shopping malls in Tunis. It opened at the end of 2015 in the lake area and covers 37,000 square meters. It has four floors comprising 80 shops offering various international brands, of which 15 will open for the first time in Tunisia. It has Cafés, car parks and recreational facilities.

2. Lo Square Mall

Located in the Sakra area of Ariana, the modern shopping center offers a new concept of more open and attractive tusks, providing local and international brands with an area of ​​12,000 square meters, as well as a hypermarket on the ground floor.

3. Ice Mall

The Ice Mall is the latest modern shopping center located on Bizerte Road, 16 km from Tunis. It offers an integrated shopping, entertainment, hospitality and dining experience. It has a 4-star hotel, spa, coffee shop, and art gallery. It also offers a chain of international Lebanese, Korean, French, Italian, American and Iranian restaurants as well as a restaurant serving traditional Tunisian cuisine.

Person dining out

4. Tunis City Mall

Tunis City Mall is the largest mall in Tunisia. Located in Ariana it is 12,000 square meters. It has more than 80 sophisticated stores for all goods, appliances and electronics, as well as 10 restaurants, a children’s play area, and the integrated Jeanne Hypermarket



Featured 08 Jan
Tunisian Weaving and carpets
Tunisian Weaving and carpets

Tunisia has a rich tradition of weaving rugs. The story goes that in the 19th century, the daughter of the Ottoman governor was the first person, in Kairouan, to weave a carpet using wool to give to one of the city’s mosques. The tradition continued, making Kairouan the capital of carpets in Tunisia.


A Kairouan carpet is the one that most closely resembles oriental carpets. You can recognise them from the large medallion in the middle, surrounded by a flower pattern and a frame of parallel stripes. Classics include those with a bright red main feature and others with white and brown natural sheep wool colours. Admire the work of craftsmen and women in a carpet workshop and marvel at their skill and the amazing patterns that come to life before your very eyes.


All sorts of carpets have been made in Tunisia since ancient times. “Klims” and “mergoums” are short pile rugs, decorated with parallel strips and Berber motifs, and “gtifs” are thick, brightly coloured carpets made in the south and in the countryside.


In homes in villages in the south, weaving plays a particularly important role. Carpets grace the floor, throws cover the walls and beds. Their warm colours are created using pigments from plants: bright red, midnight blue, brown, orange… The simplest boast brightly coloured stripes. The most beautiful are completely covered in geometric motifs: diamonds, chevrons, symbols and little stylised animals, drawing on a traditional repertoire of meanings.

Village women also weave little scarves that they wear to go out, “bakhnoug”. These fine pieces of wool, red for young girls, black for older women, are decorated with delicate white patterns.