Carpet shops in the Medina...or where it is necessary to buy it. :)
This is one of the best preserved medinas in Tunisia. The old town is surrounded by 10 metre high which are watched over by numerous defensive towers that were put up at the beginning of the 18th Century. Within the walls most of the streets are residential – but there’s a big carpet market which is pretty well known by visitors looking to find their perfect magic carpet. While the streets themselves are very old and look it, the current inhabitants show their wealth in ornate and colourful doors, windows and arches which look more like they belong in the Caribbean than Africa.
The spiritual home of all Tunisians, the city itself rises like a dream of ocher and tawny beige, serene in its 13 centuries of Islamic culture, authentic and proud of the wondrous beauty of its mosques, the symphony of its columns and arches, the exquisite delicacy of the stone work.
Kairouan, it was founded by the Arabs in around 670 in the period of Amir Muavia and the original name was derived from Arabic kairuwân, meaning "military/civilian camp" (from Kâr, "war/military," and van/wan, "outpost"), "caravan", or "resting place.
After its establishment in the 7th century, it became an important center for Islamic and Quranic learning, and thus attracted a large number of Muslims from various parts of the world, next only to Mecca and Medina. The holy Mosque of Uqba is situated in the city. In 2003 the city had about 150,000 inhabitants. In 2009 Kairouan was the Islamic Cultural Capital.
The most important mosque in the city is the Great Mosque of Sidi-Uqba. Seven pilgrimages to this mosque is considered the equivalent of one pilgrimage to Mecca. After its establishment, Kairouan became an Islamic and Qur'anic learning center in North Africa. An article by Professor Kwesi Prah describes how during the medieval period, Kairouan was considered the third holiest city in Islam after Mecca and Medina.
The souk (market place) of Kairouan is in the Medina quarter, which is surrounded by walls, from which the entrance gates can be seen in the distance. Products that are sold in the souk include carpets, vases and goods made of leather. As with merchants in most major Tunisian cities, Kairouan merchants rely on tourism for much of their income.
During World War II a major military airfield was located near Kairouan, used first by the German Luftwaffe. It was attacked on numerous occasions and later used by the United States Army Air Force Twelfth Air Force as a transport field. (Source:Wikipedia& tourismtunisia & virtualtourist)
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besnard (54623) 2011-03-01 2:34
Une très belle porte au point de vue architectural encadrée de tapis colorés, le tout sous un beau soleil.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
snunney (88465) 2011-03-01 3:47
Who has not been tempted to buy a carpet whilst on an exotic holiday; the problem is getting it home in one piece:-) I like the oblique perspective along the carpeted façade also the geometric patterns to be observed in the paving stones that lead us towards the blue door. Very good colours and clarity.
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-03-01 4:57
elegant scene of the carpet shop in the Medina of Kairouan.
Good perspective, nice colors, light and sharpness.
Sergiom (65369) 2011-03-01 5:06
J'aime bien cette ligne de fuite recouverte de tapis multicolore. Elle donne une belle profondeur à l'image. La porte bleue en arrière plan est très belle.
npecanhuk (69208) 2011-03-01 5:15
Very beautiful, attractive and interesting picture!
In addition to the architectural & street details, I love the presence of those wonderful carpets!
Highlights are the chosen pov, composition and colors, but exposure, horizontal format, black & white borders, contrasts, level of sharpness and overall pp are all excellent as well!
TFS - congrats,
timecapturer (49288) 2011-03-01 5:20
love your POV here the placing of the red carpet is inspired it contrasts perfectly with the distant door. A clever and wonderful composition. Perfectly sharp and controlled as usual. Well done!
dip (23822) 2011-03-01 8:06
A good clear and sharp shot with beautiful and interesting details,well exposed and framed,
saxo042 (37602) 2011-03-01 8:40
Not only do all the carpets here provide fine colours to the photo. The doors and windows also contribute to this colourful capture.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-03-01 8:53
Nice display of this red carpet on the left. Love the store fronts especially the architecture, colors of the doors and the window.
cornejo (34626) 2011-03-01 9:28
George cordials greetings. A very beautiful carpets and very beautiful the arch of entrance shops. A very good photo very well compound and executed, congratulation. Have a nice week, thanks for sharing.
erhan1958 (15467) 2011-03-01 11:30
a traditional street
and a tourist attraction
excellent colors and light
bema (26363) 2011-03-01 11:38
a charming capture here, seems there are not only blue doors and windows at Tunisia, some light green colored things are also pretty.. the carpets look beautifully, and add a lot of interest to this capture..
have a nice evening, see you around, Bernd
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-03-01 12:24
I like this picture with good composition, pleasant colours, fine exposure. Well done!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-03-01 13:03
Good evening George,
The precision of details is impressive. The quality of the natural colors is excellent also. The framing is good as usual. Bravo.
Have a good evening
vasilpro (41091) 2011-03-01 13:40
Wonderful daily life composition, lovely colors and light, very good contrast, interesting market scene, excellent POV.
Warm regards, Vasilis.
ifege (10363) 2011-03-01 14:09
Are Tunisian carpet sales people as pushy as elsewhere around the Mediterranean? A good photo making good use of the carpets.
siamesa (27761) 2011-03-01 22:37
Bom dia George
These carpets are really marvelous.
Here they are luxury items. Very expensives and ,in some shops it is forbidden to take photos of them. Very beautiful composition.
jjcordier (78372) 2011-03-01 23:07
Jolie composition où tu as bien exploité les couleurs des tapis en premier plan et celles des portes en arrière plan. Une très jolie photo de Kairouan;
dkmurphys (51573) 2011-03-02 2:06
Very beautiful shot, impressive carpets, a picturesque local art design. Good work, enjoy the day.
siudzi (34131) 2011-03-02 2:46
Very nice carpet's shop presented. Like your point of view, depth, colors and soft light. Well seen and executed.
Silvio1953 (128528) 2011-03-03 11:10
Ciao George, great perspective on wonderful parade of carpets, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-06
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-01 2:03