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Lors de mes séjours à Essaouira, je passe toujours à la galerie (adresse incontournable) d’abord rien que pour les yeux et ceci se transforme parfois par un achat de tapis car Mustapha n’est pas vraiment un marchand de tapis mais un marchand d’art.
Chaque pièce est unique et Mustapha vous fait partager ses passions, sa connaissance de la culture marocaine et l’histoire de chaque tapis ou objet exposé dont boites à bijoux, bijoux, poteries, vêtements traditionnels etc….
Ses 2 collègues sous un aspect très sérieux, leurs yeux pétillent car ils comprennent vite ce que vous cherchez.
Merci à vous de m’avoir fait découvrir tant de jolies choses que le travail manuel et la tradition nous offrent.
If your interest in Moroccan souveniers is scarfs and tagines, this shop is not for you but if you are looking for authentic cultural pieces from Morocco’s past, you will spend a great deal of time in Mustafa’s shop. Named for his mother, Galerie Jama is a trove of unique one of a kind items from the full spectrum of what Morocco has to offer. Ceramics/leather/wood work and textiles of all kinds. the shop is 4 stories and you need to take the trip up the tight stairs remembering to keep your head down! Mustafa is a true collector and you need to engage him in conversation and feel free to talk about what interests you. This is not a store to barter in like so many shops in the medina but in the course of the conversation and as you establish interest in an item you should be able to negotiate a limited discount. A lot of what you will see is “high quality” so if that’s beyond the interest for what your looking for…. use the experience to educate yourself on what can be available. I can gaurantee you will not be disappointed. Mustafa is a gentlemen and a profesional. there is no pressure here. Hope you make it to Essaouira and to Galerie Jama
Only place to buy in Essouria for real, authentic collectible pieces
Read previously about Mustafa and this shop. Had a wonderful time over 2 days purchasing some art pieces for our house and a beautiful 1940s Berber rug. This was my 2nd trip to Morocco and I decided to spend my money on antiques or authentic pieces with some history to them instead of spending at the numerous carpet places. IT really is a wonderful store over 3 levels with some great historical pieces. I highly recommend it if visiting Essouria and do like I did hold off buying in Marrakech until you see what they have to offer. Also NO sales pressure and very relaxed which I liked. He will not bargain like rest of dealers but again his is a unique gallery and he prices them to start reasonably. Look for 25% reduction and better if you buy two or more pieces. Check it out. You will not be disappointed.