Returning from any country, tourists or business travelers strive to preserve the memory of the trip, or to please their loved ones by buying local colorful souvenirs. Egypt is rich in a variety of souvenirs, adding to the traditional Middle Eastern souvenirs of its own, associated with the ancient or antique history of this country. Perhaps the most popular souvenir associated with the history of Ancient Egypt is the papyri scrolls, one of the progenitors of modern books. Papyri can be very diverse — from «penny» stamped drawings, made on cheap banana paper and not distinguished by longevity, to high-quality scrolls, made in accordance with ancient technologies and distinguished by original drawings made with all diligence. As history shows, a well-made papyrus can be stored for several millennia, so the money spent on purchasing a really high-quality papyrus can hardly be called a waste.
Another type of souvenirs that have their roots in the history of Ancient Egypt is a variety of jewelry and figurines made in the form of traditional symbols — from gold jewelry of scarabs to onyx figurines of cats. Also popular are decorations in the form of Egyptian crosses — ankhs, the Eye of Ra, or cartouches — amulets with the name of the pharaoh, placed in tombs after the death of the ruler.
Souvenirs traditional for the Middle East — hookahs, carpets, aromatic oils and much more — are also very diverse. It is difficult to surprise someone in any country of the world with a hookah, but it is in the Arab countries that the choice of hookahs is so wide and varied that an unprepared tourist who wanders into a hookah shop will inevitably run up their eyes. It is worth noting that the cheapest hookahs in Egypt are decorative and not suitable for smoking, and sellers often forget to warn the buyer about this. Egyptian carpets are not as popular in the world as Turkish Indian or Iranian, however, local embroidery finds its admirers, special attention is usually attracted by carpets, which are a mixture of Arabic ornaments with Coptic embroidery. Prices for a really high-quality carpet can reach exorbitant heights.
Many tourists are turning their attention to Egyptian coffee, not least because of the low prices for the world’s most popular invigorating drink. Coffee in Egypt is really delicious, and the already rich selection of different varieties complements the Egyptian tradition of adding spices to coffee.
Do not forget about souvenirs traditional for any country that attract the attention of collectors. Perhaps philatelists will not be surprised at the richness of the variety of Egyptian stamps, but numismatists and second-hand booksellers in Egypt will definitely find something to surprise — one of the most ancient world powers issued a wide variety of coins throughout its existence, and books born in Egypt are shocking even by the number of languages, each of which when -that was the main thing in Egypt — ancient Egyptian, Greek, Coptic, Arabic …
Tourists should remember that some of the natural resources of Egypt, such as corals, sea shells or stuffed crocodiles, are prohibited for export.
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