Papyrus Shop
Papyrus Shop
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Munir D
Toronto, Canada704 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This was not planned on our visit but we were encouraged to go here to gain more knowledge of Egyptian Culture.

The visit was educative as we were shown how, from the Papyrus plant, paper is made. The paper that we use today originates from the ancient Egyptian art of making paper from the papyrus which grew abundantly in the marshes of the Nile.

The brief demonstration on how papyrus is converted to paper was informative.

After the demonstration visitors are coerced to buy papyrus artwork that can be inscribed with hieroglyphics. After being offered free tea and a free lecture one is almost obliged to make a purchase but one does not need to buy anything if one does not have the budget or does not need to buy any product. The best approach is to be firm.

The shop does a lot of bargaining from the original fixed prices that are displayed.

Munir D.
Written 1 June 2020
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Rachel548
Farmington Hills, MI647 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We weren't told ahead of time that this was in our itinerary, but our guide had us stop here. He did just tell us we could learn and the process. He was correct, but that demo takes less than 5 mins. The person who does your demo then seems to guide you around for you to shop. It wasn't super hassling, but still awkward as we were NOT going to buy anything. I do appreciate the process and some of the hand painted scrolls are beautiful, but it felt like an unnecessary waste of 15 mins.
Written 14 April 2023
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HavePillowWillTravel
Seattle, WA1,343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our tour guide took us to this shop. They have an fantastic selection of Papyrus art. They did a demonstration of how to make papyrus for us before we had the chance to look around. Feel free to negotiate the price with the shop owners. If you are interested in purchasing a piece of papyrus, I recommend you buy it here. You can feel confident that it is real unlike a lot of the vendors at the local markets.
Written 30 January 2010
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Anwar A
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Solo
These people are playing with your credit card without your knowledge. The commercial woman increases the pressure, we cannot leave the place without buying. The seller also took the opportunity to double the bill. I called the store when I realized the wrongdoing, which told me that he was going to send it back other products in compensation. I was robbed of 1500 dollars. I filed a complaint with Master Card for embezzlement.
Written 20 February 2021
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ginamsmith
Brisbane, Australia60 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
We gave in to the pressure of buying 4 pictures from this shop. Unfortunately for us we did not see the amount that was charged on the eftpos machine. It wasn’t until I saw my bank statement after leaving Egypt that I had been charged $1000 Australian dollars. I was very upset.
A friend said she was told by the shop her card was not working and it was swiped 3 times she saw her statement later and was charged 3 times for her picture. This shop is the reason I will not return to Egypt, I can’t even enjoy looking at my pictures now.
Travellers stay away from this shop.
Written 5 March 2020
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Alejandro F
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
Amazing store with beautiful works of art on papyrus. They showed us the process of how it is made and even wrote our names in hieroglyphics on one we bought. The manager, Islam, made us feel like family. Highly recommend people go visit.
Written 12 July 2023
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Nic S
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Taken to this “gallery” by our guide. Very garish selection. After a frenetic “demonstration “ of how papyrus is made which was barely coherent the hard sell began. In the end decided to take one of the cheaper scrolls which had a space to put our names in in hieroglyphics . This was done in 3 minutes by a woman with a felt tip pen. Very rough. Unfortunately it was put into a container before I could see it properly. Cost of original papyrus: $38 US. Cost of getting 2 names included $18US !
Continued to hard sell until we left the shop.
Excessively over priced and quality of the addition absolutely appalling. Embarrassed I fell for it .
Written 12 August 2019
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Alexandra C
Belgrade, Serbia69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2012 • Family
I liked it. I went to Egypt many times and bought papyrus in many different places but I think this one is of the best quality and the pictures are great. It is a very decent shop where you can look around and buy without pressure. Recommended!
Written 25 November 2012
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kc j
Mumbai, India5,214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
All local guides take you to such a place where you get a live demonstration of how paper is made from papyrus paper. Very interesting.
There you can see the various Egyptian paintings made on papyrus paper. They are no doubt very good and attractive. But the price is so high that most of us left without making any purchase.
Some of our brave friends bargained hard and got some deals. But I was not too sure whether they paid the right price.
What you get in the curio shops are so cheap that you find this deal difficult to accept.
The local guide insisted that the cheap ones are on fake papyrus paper and will not last long.
A very difficult choice !!!
Written 9 March 2018
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Peter B
Leicester, UK620 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Solo
If you have a desire to return home with some genuine papyrus it is better to visit one of the governments approved museum’s as buying on the street is very risky. On the street you may end up with something made in the same way as papyrus but possibly from banana leaf.
Here you will see not only how it is made, surprisingly simple in fact, but also be able to buy some genuine souvenirs some of which are very impressive. They will pack it properly and it is likely to survive even Egyptian baggage handlers.
Written 26 January 2013
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