Moroccan craftsmanship is experiencing tremendous growth and great success internationally, said Thursday in Rabat, the Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy, Mohamed Sajid.
Moroccan craftsmanship is experiencing tremendous growth and great success internationally, as external turnover is steadily increasing thanks to the skills of local artisans and their adaptation to current needs, said Sajid in a statement to the press, during the official inauguration of the 3rd edition of the Carpet Fair.
“We are very happy to visit this fair specializing in Moroccan carpets from all regions of the Kingdom,” he said, adding that the exhibitions of various handicrafts, including the Moroccan carpet, reflect the history and the nature of all regions of Morocco.
For her part, Jamila El Moussali, Secretary of State for Handicrafts and Social Economy, noted that this edition is an opportunity to affirm the richness that characterizes Moroccan handicrafts, noting that this profession is strongly practiced by the Moroccan woman. “The role of our department is to accompany and follow the promotion of crafts and contribute to its development,” she continued. For his part, the president of the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra Chamber of Crafts, Abderrahim Zemzami pointed out that this 3rd edition of the Carpet Fair is characterized by a strong presence of cooperatives compared to previous editions.
Mr. Zemzami pointed out that this fair, which aims to raise awareness and train carpet weavers, is divided into three spaces, one is reserved for the exhibition of carpets and products of artisans, the other is dedicated to the exhibition of prestige carpets and the third is devoted to scientific animation, in the form of daily training sessions aimed at developing the traditional Moroccan carpet. Organized from 28 December to 6 January by the Chamber of Crafts of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Air Transport, Crafts and Social Economy, the Council of the Region of Rabat-Salé-Kenitra and the “Maison de l’Artisan”, the third edition of the Rabat carpet fair, under the theme “The Moroccan rug, identity and investment” is a real showcase of the skills of the great Maalem and Maâlemate who excels in the art of carpet, illustrating a heritage rich in cultural symbols and representing the pluralism that distinguishes Moroccan identity.
This event aims to promote the cultural craft trades, especially the traditional carpet sector which is considered, in itself, a productive sector with a high coefficient of employment and heritage preserving, in addition to position the Moroccan carpet as a work of art, rather than just a decorative object.