About Tunisia & Le Souk Ceramique
Tunisia is the northernmost country in Africa, nestled just across the Mediterranean Sea from Italy. With a warm climate and a long and gentle coastline, Tunisia, for over 2000 years, has witnessed the passage of Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Turks, Italians, Spanish and French and others. They came as fugitives and adventurers, to conquer and claim as warriors and missionaries and traders, each leaving behind a part of their culture. Tunisia now has a modern, Western-oriented outlook and is the first emerging Arab democracy.
As a close neighbor to Europe, their main trading partners are France, Italy and other EU nations. Since independence from France in 1956, Tunisia has been dedicated to educating its people and workforce, which has led many European companies to invest in Tunisia for their manufacturing facilities. Modern Tunisia also plays a pivotal role in helping bridge the gap between the Muslim world and the Europe and the West. Tunisia’s emphasis on moderation and tolerance is one reason why 6 million Europeans vacation there each year.
Unfortunately, Tunisia is not too well known in the US but we would encourage everyone to consider a trip to Tunisia soon, especially after the revolution in January 2011. It would be a great gesture of support. Since the revolution, the economy and tourism has greatly suffered with no real end in sight for now. Regardless of these difficulties, the Tunisians remain incredibly hospitable. The cuisine is stunningly delicious. The Roman ruins and Islamic architecture are world class.
Tunisia is located directly south of Italy on the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The peninsula jutting out on the northeast part of Tunisia is named Cap Bon. Nabeul is located on the southern side of Cap Bon, right on the coast. Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, is closer to Rome than Paris is to Rome. Nabeul is about an hour’s drive southeast of Tunis.
Our studio is about 2 km from the coast in the Zone Industrielle. We moved from our old studio on Avenue Monji Bali in 2012 into our new building, which remains a work in progress all these years later.
Our Clinton, Washington, USA location serves as our North American warehouse and offices.