Maison Du Gouverneur
Maison Du Gouverneur Kairouan Reviews
Palace of Carpets Jul 04, 2016
Maison du Gouverneur is the residence of the former beys or pashas of Kairouan from the 18th century, who exquisitely restored once a house of the Aghlabids. The interior is a splendid combination of cedar and teak, marble latticework and plaster moulding. Elegant tiled arches adorn the entrance hall, harem and reception hall where the governor used to receive official guests and held meetings.
A visitor will be taken through all rooms in the ground floor by a guide- salesman, who will give a short explanation in English about the purpose of each of them. If you speak French or Arabic, maybe you can get a better explanation and more infromations. You can even sit and try armchairs and sofas and he will gladly take photos of you. At the end he will take you to a hallway near the exit, where in a corner is sitting a lady demonstrating a carpet making. Then he will finish his presentation with words: "And here we also sell carpets", expecting that you will be the next customer.
That is why the house is also known as 'Tapis-Sabra'- a carpet shop, the place where they sell beautiful handmade carpets. They are made of Sabra, a vegetable silk, woven by hand of Berber women. This place is considered as the best to experience the carpet ritual in Kairouan. At the entrance you will be asked to show the ticket as the shop is also used as a museum.
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