Sitting in the Doha airport in Qatar during a 6-hr layover, I figured I’d catch up on some blog posts. Because of our busy schedule, inconsistent access to reliable wifi, and overall exhaustion, there are a lot of things I haven’t been able to write about, but I still want to share, so expect some posts to be about events that are more than a few days old. .
Moroccan rugs are very beautiful and very detailed. They can take weeks to make, depending on the size and designs, as they are handmade. Before going on this trip I had heard about the rugs but I went in with the mindset that I wasn’t going to get a rug. They are big and bulky and take up room and who really needs one anyway?
Our last day in Ain Leuh we had a very busy day visiting co-ops and having discussions. At the end of the day we visited the Tarmilat village. There are a bunch of families that live there and the women have created a sort of rug-making co-op in which they weave their own rugs and then sell them to visitors and the community.
All of the rugs were laid out on a hill. Each rug has a bio of the women who made it attached, along with her picture. When you found a rug you like, you take it to the lady who made it and pay her. Each rug costs the same amount- 400 Dirhams. At the end of the day, all the ladies combine the money they made that day and split it equally amongst the group.
If you haven’t guessed, I did buy a rug. I got caught up in the frenzy and just couldn’t resist. I had exactly 400 Dirhams left and I spent it all. No buyer’s remorse was experienced.
After our shopping extravaganza and the hill was significantly less covered with rugs, we were invited by the women into one of the homes for our new favorite meal of mint tea and meloui (Moroccan pancakes). It was really cool to experience that little bit of culture in what seemed like very genuine interactions between our group and the rest of the village. Kids were playing soccer with students, people were laughing, and we got to learn about the co-op and how it got started.