Egypt: Shopping for Egypt Merchandise

Shopping for Egypt Merchandise

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The 38th International Book Fair by Seif Kamel

The 38th Cairo International Book Fair is a huge affair with something for everyone, and not just books, for it includes much more!

Alabaster: Egypt's Rock of Ages By Sonny Stengle

You cannot talk about Egypt without mentioning Alabaster, an artistic handicraft that boasts a millenniums old history and a noble tradition that can be felt in almost every nook and cranny of the country. The secrets of the manufacture of this warm and luminous stone have been handed down from generation to generation, throughout the ages, and still represent one of the pinnacles of Egyptian handicrafts.

Tricks of the Trade: Purchasing Egyptian Alabaster by Diaa Khalil

The use of alabaster in Egypt dates well back into the Pharaonic period of Egyptian history, and this is very evident when one visits the temples, tombs and museums in Egypt. New pieces of alabaster from ancient Egypt seem to turn up constantly. The ancient pharaohs used this wonderful material for many purposes, including household items, ritual objects, and for a number of different funerary purposes such as sarcophaguses and canopic equipment. Some of the finest ancient artifacts made from alabaster can be found in the Tutankhamun collection of the Egyptian museum, where we find a variety of different items made from this material.

Tricks of the Trade: Buying Egyptian Brass Products by Diaa Khalil

There is an endless variety of handmade products produced in Egypt. If one examines this merchandise and is familiar with it over a span of years, it is easy to see that, even though the Egyptians have been working metal, alabaster, papyrus, glass and other materials for thousands of years, their efforts continue to improve. One of the many materials that Egyptians work with by hand is brass, and they have a long history of doing so. One sees many products made from it, from banquet trays to minaret finials. Amongst the items favored as souvenirs are pots, lamps, embossed plates and inlaid or reposed trays (the larger ones are often mounted on stands to serve as tables), candlesticks holders, water-pipes, gongs, coffee sets, statues, archaic style lamps, mirror frames, vases, swords, and many others items.

Buying Egyptian Cotton Items in Egypt by Seif Kamel

Egyptian cotton sheets are all the rage in the west, because of their softness, but what about towels, bath robs and all the other products sold in Egypt and made from Egyptian cotton? Find out were to buy them.

Tricks of the Trade Purchasing Fine Papyrus Artwork by Diaa Khalil

Few tourists to Egypt probably leave the country without at least one papyrus painting. It is easy to carry onto airplanes, and relatively inexpensive to purchase. The problem is, do they really leave with true papyrus, or a cheep imitation? Will the paint hold up, or quickly flake off? There are several issues that people should understand when buying papyrus art in Egypt or elsewhere, and here, we attempt to examine what constitutes fine, quality papyrus art.

Belly Dancing Costumes by Diaa Khalil

Egypt! What a beautiful name, what a beautiful country, what a beautiful place to be. Egyptians! What a warm, kind, generous, and friendly people they are. Egyptian women! One could write forever about their beauty. They are kind, faithful, lovely and very sensual, especially when they are dancing. Not just any dancing, but when they are belly dancing. They can warm you to the depths of your soul when they dance. Belly dancing flowers in every Egyptian girl's blood as she grows up. In fact, there are no Egyptian woman who cannot belly dance. The name "belly dance" or "raks sharki" has a long and colorful history. Belly dancing does not mean moving only the belly. When women belly dance, they use their entire body including their head, hair, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, belly, hips, bottoms, legs and feet. It is magic!

The Fair Trade Center in Luxor by Seif Kamel

One of the most interesting, stores in Egypt is the Fair Trade Center In Luxor, for unique Egyptian products at Fair Prices.

Tricks of the Trade: Purchasing Egyptian Glass Perfume Bottles by Diaa Khalil

One trip to Egypt is enough to know that one of the grandest treasure that remains are the people, and the hand made products they produce are the best you can find and see in Egypt. There are many varieties of hand made products, including such items as alabaster objects, painted papyrus, brass and glassware, among others. Nevertheless, there are some products people say are hand made but in fact, are not. However, glass perfume bottles are exclusively hand blown, becoming beautiful works of pure art.

Shopping for Gold in Egypt by Seif Kamel

Gold jewelry is usually a very good value in Egypt for Tourists, for several reasons, costing less than in many other countries and at the same time, very well designed and beautiful.

The Jewelry of Azzh Fahmy by Sarah El Khodary

I always wanted to be the one who writes about Azza Fahmy. I have followed the footsteps of her artistic career as the first Egyptian jewelry designer acknowledged by the international markets and as an innovator in the field of creative design. Her name makes one think of beauty, richness, and warmth. Azza Fahmy worships the Arabic and Islamic heritage. She has spent thirty years praising its meanings, weaving them into artistic designs and Arabic lines making beautiful pendants, necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets full of the incense and magic of the East.

Mashrabiya Screens by Seif Kamel

Mashrabiya work is a beautiful and very Egyptian form of wood work in Egypt that is gaining in modern popularity everywhere.

Merchandising Egypt by Jimmy Dunn

It only seemed natural that Tour Egypt should have an on-line store, and that it should be called the Virtual Khan el-Khalili, after the famous market in Cairo. That said, it has not been easy. Some four years ago, we initially set the on-line store up, arranging to buy Egyptian products from existing companies in the US. There were a number of people importing typical products from Egypt at that time, and we began to do business with several of them, but that soon became a problem.

Tricks of the Trade: Buying Egyptian Mother of Pearl by Jimmy Dunn

Soon, we will re-inaugurate our Virtual Khan el-Khalili. Admittedly, we shut our on-line store down because of various supply issues. Since then, we have been looking for reliable suppliers but we have also been examining the quality of goods very closely. Soon, we will reopen the Khan, largely with products I have personally inspected and with a ready inventory for each item. In this process, we have also been doing a great deal of learning, and what we have discovered should be of interest to many of our readers, especially those traveling to Egypt. Take for example, mother of pearl. There are an extensive number of products utilizing mother of pearl. Of course, there are all sizes and styles of boxes with such inlays, but there are also game boards, plates, tables and other furniture, as well as many other items. Some of these are very beautiful works of art. Other pieces are pure junk.

Shopping for Musical Instruments by Seif Kamel

Muhammad Ali Street is the place to shop for professional grade musical instruments, and some of the finest of these are the oud, a stringed instrument similar to the guitar in many ways, but different in its own right.

The Virtual Khan el-Khalili: The Store for Egypt Lovers by Jimmy Dunn

The Khan el-Khalili is one of the oldest, most important markets in the world, and one that any tourist to Egypt is familiar. Everyday, many thousands of people flock to this bazaar that has been in operation since the medieval ages. Now, our new Virtual Khan el-Khalili is on-line and live, with many unusual items direct to you from Egypt. We have fabulous mother-of-pearl, crystal, archaic photos, alabaster and many other fine items. Find out what it is all about and shop for products usually only found in Cairo. If you don't see what you want, let us know.

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