Maison Touareg

Maison Touareg, Rissani: Hours, Address, Maison Touareg Reviews: 4.5/5

Maison Touareg
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Ben R
Boulder, CO14 contributions
go for the medfouna, stay for the rugs
May 2019 • Couples
We stopped here on a desert tour with Sahara Services for medfouna (aka Berber pizza). There may have been some miscommunication with our driver, as we though that the lunch options for this day included going on to Rissani for medfouna, but it was Friday during Ramadan so the tour's usual place may not have been available. In any case, our driver made a bunch of calls to secure a different place to eat, although I am not sure. In any case, the food was amazing BUT lunch turned into a full court press to get us to buy some carpets. What we thought was a history lesson became a sales pitch. We wound up buying some very beautiful carpets, but we were not expecting to do so. There is also some amazing jewelery and other handmade items for sale. The whole place is like a museum. I would definitely stop here is you get the chance, and eat some medfouna. If you are shopping for carpets or other authentic goods, this place is also a must. They ship worldwide, so no worries about lugging things home if you can't.
Written 30 May 2019
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New York City, NY409 contributions
Excellent & Worth a Detour - best store along our 8-day trip.
Jan 2019 • Couples
I can honestly highly recommend Maison Touareg after a visit with our family of 5 adults; and after comparing quality and price with places all over Morocco.
We are very happy with our visit, the lunch (“Berbere Pizza” - written up nicely in one of the other reviews); and the quality and price of the rugs we purchased.

At first it felt like it was just another carpet place that our guide schlepped us into.
But the reception was very friendly; various interesting explanations about the ethnological and cultural backgrounds of the Tuaregs (but definitely not a museum); low pressure to buy and - multiple times - the invitation that we can walk away without buying and still be friends.

Very humorous and interesting explanation of the various styles of carpets - we had done some research before coming to Morocco and learned tons more at Maison Tuareg.

The carpets we have seen and the ones we bought in the end were better quality and lower price than what we have seen in Fes and Marrakech and other places. Of course, negotiation is part of the experience.

We much enjoyed the meal of “Berbere Pizza”, the Madfouna, both in the meat and the vegetarian option.

So, all in all, a very worthwhile excursion - and we will enjoy our carpets for a long time!!
And after Maison Touareg, I suggest to go visit the Soukh in Rissoli ... very cool!
Written 4 January 2019
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Cleveland, OH641 contributions
We had a lovely lunch here.
Apr 2017 • Friends
We had a lovely lunch here in the tent eating Berber pizza. Then we explored the shop. They have some lovely carpets which you may purchase or not.
Written 25 May 2017
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Sydney, Australia362 contributions
Interesting but
Jan 2017 • Family
Our driver recommended the place.

It was interesting to get some history of the tribe.

But it was a bit hard sell ( no pressure, but pressure) for us.

Carpets were amazing, but we were not shopping for a carpet.

Lots of other handcrafts.

I think if you intend to buy something, go and enjoy the conversation, the local closed pizza and the mint tea. But if you don't intend to buy at least something, I would not go.
Written 3 January 2017
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Doylestown, PA390 contributions
"Son of a Berber" - Shop Here for Very Authentic Items
Jan 2015 • Couples
We stopped here for lunch after visiting the souks in Rissani. This spot is a combination handi-crafts museum/warehouse and Touareg cultural center that is extremely interesting. Our host Ali seated us under a berber tent and served us mint tea while telling us about the ancient caravan routes south across the Sahara Desert, the area the Touareg are originally from. Bringing salt, ivory, slaves and gold north from Timbuktu, a camel caravan took 52 days to cross the Sahara and reach Rissani.

A very flavorful, delicious Madfouna (Berber stuffed pizza) was served for lunch. Years ago these were cooked in the sand, using the heat from the sun and sand to bake them. With our stomachs full, it was then time to shop. Maison Touareg has a vast collection of unique items that are crafted by families in very isolated villages, as a way to supplement their incomes. Forget the medina in Marrakech and its Chinese imports, this is the place to shop if you want something very authentic from Morocco.

We hadn’t intended to buy a carpet, but they were absolutely spectacular, with many varied styles, techniques and sizes to choose from. We benefitted from it being the slow off-season, but still you need to bargain and bargain hard as nothing has a price tag. And if you must, just say no politely and walk away. Of course they take credit cards and ship anywhere in the world. They also can fold carpets small enough to fit into a suitcase, which is the way we went.

Ali was one of the most knowledgeable, engaging conversationalists we spent time with in Morocco, and we enjoyed his company thoroughly. Buying a carpet there was one of the most memorable moments of our trip. "You bargain like a true son of a Berber," Ali told me. I’ll take that as a compliment.
Written 6 February 2015
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