El- Khayameya street built in 1600s, is Cairo’s sole remaining medieval covered market which takes its name from the bright colored fabrics including applique works, cushions, covers, Egyptian cotton bed covers, wall hangings, car covers and traditional Egyptian galabeyas.
The place is located in a 300-meter-long street overlooking Bab Zuwayla, Cairo’s medieval gate and the only one remaining from the 11th and 12th-century walls of Fatimid Cairo. The shops themselves have been around for over 150 years and were recently renovated following extensive damage beacuse of 1992 earthquake.
Ordinary people buy rolls of blue, red and yellow-colored fabrics decorated with Islamic designs in order to use to decorate balconies and streets as well as cafes also use them in making Ramadan tents.
The new generations lost interest with fabrics because machine-made wall hangings and cushions that are imported from China are cheaper and are to be found everywhere.