The Tentmakers of Old Cairo

Written by Jenny Bowker

Khan Khayamiya – the Market of the Tentmakers – stretches opposite Bab Zuweilah in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo. This is the only remaining place in Old Cairo that still has a covering over the street. The sun slants in dusty fingers through the openings in the roof. An occasional donkey cart or truck forces it way through, and good natured people step aside to make room in the narrow street. Brightly coloured hangings cover the walls and hang outside the doors, and stitchers sit and sew in every shop.