We have taken advice from so many here and have hired Omar from Camel Trek for a desert tour. I have heard that there is some good shopping in that area of the desert, like for rugs or fossils. For example, I've heard Erfoud has lots of cool fossils and I also saw a video with cool fossils for sale at shop in a small town on the way.
But Omar says on his website that he promises not to take us carpet shopping! Does he stop anywhere along the way that has any shops?