Local handicrafts and artisanal items to pick up on your trip
Avoid cheap tourist wares and visit family-owned shops for traditional, hand-painted, Armenian bowls, tiles, and plates. Arman Darian (12 Shlomzion Hamalka Street) is a renowned Armenian ceramicist. Other shops to visit include Balian (14 Nablus Road; www.armenianceramics.com) and Karakashian (15 Via Dolorosa; www.jerusalempottery.biz).
Modern and traditional-style items are available in silver, gold, ceramics, and glass. For the best selection, visit the Khutzot Hayotzer fair, the Yemin Moshe neighborhood, and the Jerusalem House of Quality (12 Hebron Road; www.ymp.co.il). Danny Azoulay (5 Solomon Street) specializes in prints and paper cuts.
Cooperatives Altogether 8 (11 Solomon Street) and Cadim (4 Solomon Street) produce contemporary decorative and functional pottery as well as Judaica.
Robes and individual pieces for pillows and framing are available in the Old City. Purchase expensive old items from authorized stores such as Abed Abu Omar and Maher Natsheh on Christian Quarter Road. The Sunbula cooperative sells Palestinian and Bedouin work at Saint Andrew’s Scottish Guest House (1 David Remez Street; www.sunbula.org). Jewish traditional items are available at the Bible Lands Museum gift shop (25 Granot Street; http://www.blmj.org/en/Shop_Intro.php) and at the World of Kuzari (21 Habucharim Street).
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