El Sawaf Carpets

Rugs & Cushion Covers

El Sawaf carpets and cushion covers are only available as part of a Gaza's Ark Product Basket 

Why buy these products from El Sawaf Carpets? 

The El Sawaf Carpet factory has operated in the Gaza Strip for over 100 years. Prior to the blockade the majority of their carpets where exported to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. Now as a result of the blockade, Mahmoud El Sawaf (see photos below) has had to close his factory and lay off his entire workforce – 15 full time employees. The business is now run out of a small workshop and the family struggle to keep the business going.

“The Palestinian people do not need aid, they need their freedom. We have the ability to make many unique products that would be competitive on the international market, we just need the opportunity” – says Mahmoud El Sawaf. Prior to the blockade 500 hand looms and 60 machine looms where in operation in the Gaza Strip. Now  due to the blockade there are only 10 hand looms and 2 machine looms in operation in the Strip.

You can help stop this decline in carpet manufacturing in the besieged Gaza Strip by purchasing a carpet from El Sawaf Carpets – this purchase will not only support the El Sawaf family, but build hope through the entire Strip!


Mahmoud Hand Loom

Mahmoud Hand Loom

Carpet grey and black

Carpet grey and black