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.