Having read the reviews here about the Ethno Art Gallery and only by coincidence finding it, we decided to venture in. The first floor contained various pieces of artwork; paintings, sculpture, furniture, etc... We were amazed. Rachid, our salesman was very helpful and knowledgeable. Regardless of what we asked about, he could tell us about the creator, its period in Moroccan history, and other facts about it. To say that he knew his inventory was an understatement.
We were interested in purchasing two smaller rugs, and Rachid escorted us to the large basement which was full of rugs. We enjoyed what was probably the best mint tea of the whole trip while sitting on a couch as he and his helpers pulled down rugs and showed the different styles and techniques of knitting rugs. We decided the type of rug that we wanted and he insturcted his workers to begin pulling rugs out. After a brief Arabic lesson, he had us directing the helpers to leave the rug out, or return it to the stack.
The variety of rugs can't be understated. We purchased two rugs from Rachid and could not be happier with them. They were expertly packed by his helpers and easily made the trip back to the US intact. Although we had a limited budget, Rachid helped us find something that we would enjoy tremendously.
Ethno Art Gallery may not be the cheapest shop in Marrakesh for art or rugs, but it is probably the best. The salespeople were not pushy like in other stores, but were very reasonable in their attempts to close the sale. English was spoken very well.
I will certainly be back in Marrakesh to shop more at the Ethno Art Gallery on my next trip.
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