Maison Du Gouverneur

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Kairouan, Tunisia

Maison Du Gouverneur Kairouan Reviews

EmEm EmEm
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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.

The place charmed me from the first sight of the house hall: richly decorated carpets and futniture, antique sofas, jars, accessories for serving drinks, and many others used in the life of the Tunisians two centuries ago. What a wealth and luxory! It cannot be described by words.

Like in a gallery, I was taken through all rooms in the ground floor by a guide- salesman, who gave me 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 a lady sitting by a loom and 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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Cho says:
I've never been to a place like this and I was never in Tunisia so it was interesting to read your review. As for tourist traps, there are so many in every popular destination and it is up to us whether to go there or not. When I started traveling I wanted to see only the well known sites but now I have an entirely different perspective.
Posted on: Jan 09, 2017
FoxyFauz says:
Ah ok, then its fine. It is indeed beautiful. If they dont harrass you to buy then it is really fine, i really hate it when the people try to force you to buy.
Posted on: Oct 01, 2016
EmEm says:
It was a wonderful experience to visit such a beautiful and rich house. Therefore I wouldn't call it a tourist trap. It's up to a visitor to be a buyer or not.
Posted on: Oct 01, 2016
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