Egyptian carpet – Cairo

This afternoon we visited a carpet factory and our host, an affable gentleman with a very big grin, showed us around the floor and told of us the improving quality of Egytian carpets and how they were catching up with the Turkish.  Walking around the Egyptian carpet factoryfloor and seeing the stacks of carpets on the floor, we couldn’t quite see the comparison in quality as yet.  What did trouble us though were the number of young children working on the floor.  This young girl in the picture was keen to make eye contact when the manager wasn’t looking and I felt she was trying to ask for something.

Still, the manager assured us that they do get time to do some schooling and that the money that they are paid helps them to support their family.  We could have done without this visit, however, it reminded us of the plight of some children in lesser developed countries.


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