Carpet (Alentejo - Portugal)


[December, 2011] Soon after we arrived in Portugal, I noticed their carpets with a curious way of weaving.

We found that a small town in Alentejo, about 20km north of Evora called Arraiolos is the main producer.

So we took a taxi to get there ( in Portugal the taxi fare is fairly cheap).

In this town, tens of carpet shops are there.

I learned that here they do not weave carpet, but embroider them.

Probably it depends on the design, they said it takes 20 days to make 1 square metre.

It seems a lot of tourist groups come here.

At least one woman who embroider in every shop can speak English.

In one shop where they hang a big attractive carpet on the main wall, they said that in 3 days, two Americans and one Austrian asked them to make the same patterned carpet.

Of course we ordered one, too.

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We are a couple who love travelling all over the world. Walking in the unknown towns, taking photos and eating local foods are the purpose of our life. When we are not travelling, we are always planning for the next journeys.
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