There's definitely more to Egypt than just Cairo. There are still lots of tribes occupying the oases and Sinai who thrive on their own culture and art. Of course, it's really cool to visit one of these places yourself and stock up your car with local pottery and lamps; but if you can’t make it out of the city, you can still get your hands on these handicrafts in Cairo.

Ranet Kholkhal is located on Mohandiseen’s fashionable Gezirat El Arab Street across from Mango. The shop feels a little out of place between all the high-end brands but it makes for nice variety. The inside of the shop is dimly lit, filled with goods and looks just like a handicrafts atelier.

Various rugs are stocked at the front of the shop. A medium sized rug costs about 175LE and a door mat will set you back 85LE. It is all supposedly handmade, which could be true but there could also just be a huge factory in 6th of October City producing all these products; you may never know. The best items on sale at the shop are probably the lamps with typical Arabic designs. A copper wall lamp will set you back about 375LE for a medium-sized one and 850LE for a large piece. The hanging lamps made of copper and glass vary from 350LE to 3800LE.

There is also loads of pottery pieces that can be purchased. The designs are all pretty much the same; in earth colours alternating with blue and pink. The pottery comes fairly cheap with small cups setting you back 6LE. The biggest mug costs 20LE and the sizes in between cost 10LE to 18LE. The most beautiful objects are the bowls. They come in a variety of different sizes, some of which feature edgy designs. The most beautiful piece we spotted cost 180LE, one of the most expensive in the entire shop. It was painted in a shiny red shimmery colour. Other simpler bowls cost about 75LE and for around 20LE extra, you can buy gold-rimmed versions.

Ranet Kholkhal is a cute shop that will have you lingering around for a while and picking everything up to check it out, while the staff is very friendly and helpful. So between shopping for shoes and dresses; take a look here to pick up some home accessories.