Traditional Jarapas, Coarsley Woven Rag Rugs in Pampaneira, Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain

Rugs of the Alpujarras

The mountain villages of the Alpujarras in Andalucia, are home to workers skilled in a number of artisan crafts, producing traditional local mountain products such as olive mats, leather goods, ceramics and jewellery.  Thanks to tourism  these artisan products are now back in demand, providing a vital income for this remote area of Spain. One of the most popular rustic crafts is the Jarapa, a coarsely woven ‘rag rug’ sold in villages all over the Alpujarras.

At the heart of the Alpuarras, in the stunning Poqueira gorge, there are three fantastic whitewash villages; Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira.  All three villages are brought to life by a rainbow of coloured rugs.  Pampaneira still has three traditional working looms and Capileira has one. These hardy rugs start from as little as 5 EUR.  Andrea, loved the rugs, reminiscent of the rag rugs of Lancashire, that she remembers so fondly.  A perfect birthday present to combine her Lancastrian roots, love of colour and our current Spanish family adventures.

Chaos Jumping on the Jarapas (Rag Rugs) in Pampaneira, Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain


Post Author: Topsy Turvy Tribe

Paul & Andrea ex-pats escaping the rat race with Chaos (aged 4) and Mayhem (aged 2) along for the adventure.

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