[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=” Roll Out the Carpets!” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:18|text_align:center|color:%23000000|line_height:4″ google_fonts=”font_family:Merriweather%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Located about 600km south of Algiers, the capital city of Algeria, Ghardaïa is the chief town of the five that make up the M’zab Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in the 11th century and built around the cave reputedly inhabited by the female saint Daïa, Ghardaïa lies along the left bank of the Wadi M’zab in the northern Sahara desert in north-central Algeria and it has been a popular trading post for centuries.
Ghardaïa is famous for one craft – carpet making and the fortified town is home to the National Carpet Festival. Ghardaïa carpets are woven from goat hair and although the patterns are geometric and simple, they are brilliant masterpieces. Thousands of weavers from all over Algeria attend the Ghardaïa Carpet Festival in a bid to win the crown of the best weaver of the year.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”25379″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Also, Ghardaïa Carpet Festival afford the weavers a chance to show off their creative ingenuity as variety of carpets are put on display for the thousands of visitors who attend the annual event. It is always a colorful event with lots of gift items and souvenirs available for purchase. The atmosphere is enlivened with music and dance by Karkabou bands, as processions entertain the crowd.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”25380″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Food is not left out of the Ghardaïa Carpet Festival as tantalizing aromas of local dishes fill the air, luring hungry visitors to satisfy their hunger and eat their fill. Ghardaïa Carpet Festival takes place between March and April, and it has grown to be one of the biggest festivals in the land.

The 48th edition of the Ghardaïa Carpet Festival was held in April 2016 and the opening show was kicked off by Minister of National Planning, Tourism and Craft Industry Amar Ghoul. The opening show featured a parade with about 35 electric floats decorated with carpets.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”25381″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]The 49th edition of the Ghardaïa Carpet Festival is expected to take place next year, and it would be a nice thing to keep a tab on that if you are looking forward to grabbing an exotic carpet or rug. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”25383″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”25384″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Wow!! What a dedication to celebration, what do you think? let us know in the comment box[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]For additional information, please see:

http://www.algeria.com/blog/ghardaia-carpet-festival

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