The best unusual souvenirs from Egypt: surprise loved ones
The pyramid is the embodiment of higher harmony, an energy converter capable of transforming bad into good, clearing housing and consciousness of unnecessary things. Pyramids are made of crystal, onyx, silver or alabaster: in order not to confuse the latter with gypsum, it is enough to shine a flashlight on it (the material transmits rays and begins to reflect) or purposefully go to the alabaster factory in Luxor. The names of the pharaohs used to be written on oval or square cartouches, but now anyone can order an engraving in a jewelry workshop, watch the process and feel like a bit of an autocrat.
Ankh, or a Coptic cross crowned with a ring, symbolizes inexhaustible vitality, immortality and wisdom: it was not for nothing that he was depicted on temples, monuments and portraits of pharaohs. The scarab beetle personifies the energy of the sun and rebirth, brings good luck and protects from trouble. The main thing is that he should have legs: otherwise, he turns into a funeral symbol. Sphinxes, jackals and sarcophagi are also closely connected with the afterlife, demons called by shamans can live in African masks, and figurines of cats decorated with snakes threaten to bring misfortune to the house. But a properly designed cat goddess Bastet “works” for wealth, health and replenishment of the family.
Ankh, or a Coptic cross crowned with a ring, symbolizes inexhaustible vitality, immortality and wisdom.
Colorful ethnicity: papyri
Papyrus is a classic of the souvenir genre, but people often try to pass it off as dried banana leaves or ordinary rice paper. Cane originals are easily identified by their vertical and horizontal stripes and the thin black lines left by sugar, such as those sold in Cairo University's shop, for example.
Gifts from camels
To make the house cozy and hot even in the harsh Russian winter, as if under the African sun, you can buy a camel blanket: from the wool of an adult animal – heavy, prickly and very warm, from fluff – soft and a little thinner. In Sharm el-Sheikh and other tourist cities, there is a wide selection of camel leather bags, which are combined with arafat shawls – a timeless greeting from the Bedouins of the Sinai Peninsula. An expensive, but very effective gift – a colorful handmade carpet. Woolen, jute, cotton and viscose, they are distinguished by a special density and variety of ornaments – floral, geometric and abstract patterns on red, brown, beige and other “desert” tones.
Natural cotton clothes – T-shirts, T-shirts, dresses, shirts – are more profitable to buy away from hotels: however, this rule is universal for Egyptian shopping. Cotton towels are brought from Hurghada, fur coats and other luxury furs are cheaper in large Turkish stores, shoes – in bazaars (although the assortment is small). High-quality leather goods, gold and silver are presented in specialized stores, but in ordinary shops (especially hotel shops) there is a risk of running into a fake. You need to bargain anywhere and everywhere, and stubbornly and until victory: a bracelet, initially worth 50-80 USD, can be grabbed for 5-10 USD.
A smartly decorated hookah is an excellent interior decoration, but if you plan to use it for its intended purpose, it’s better to look not in souvenir shops where cheap aluminum dummies are “steamed”, but in existing cafes where “shisha” made of stainless steel, brass and copper with leather pipes for 10-40 USD. The kitchen and living room will be transformed by onyx vases and candlesticks, as well as embossing: patterned plates, cups and jugs. And music lovers will like the barbet, a folk Arabic stringed instrument with a meditative sound. sized/f550x700/05/us/05usnghycj6skkcgocsg8wckk.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>