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Visit Chichicastenango market, one of the largest in Latin America

Visiting the Chichicastenango Market

Market day in Santo Tomás Chichicastenango is an exhilarating experience. This village in the highlands of Guatemala is home to more than 50,000 people. On Thursday and Sunday, they host the Chichicastenango market, and many of the inhabitants of the surrounding villages show up for their weekly groceries.

Because of the people’s dress, traditions, and communal activities, attending the Chichicastenango market is like going back in time discovering unique Mayan customs and patterns. There is so much vibrancy, creativity, and bustle at the market it’s hard to know where to start. You’ll make the best use of time by hiring a local guide to take you around. This is especially wise if you’re not fluent in Spanish.

There are many foods, produce, and animals at the market, but the creative works drew our attention.

Art and Traditional Goods

Approaching the market is an experience as the scenery morphs into picturesque landscapes. Before we knew it, we were high in the mountain, surrounded by a patchwork of color. And then we saw the market. The market seems humongous at first, but you’ll soon learn the pattern of the layout. There are textiles at the front, produce and animals in the center, prepared food near the back, and flowers at the end of the church steps.

Most of the Chichicastenango market takes over the entire center of the village. Tents made of tarps and cloth cover the vendors and their wares. Stalls are spaced close together along the narrow cobblestone streets. It is the largest Central American market, and the number of vendors sells woodcarvings, pottery, hammocks, traditional clothing, masks, candles, textiles, and many other craftworks is mind-boggling. The conventional materials are like nothing we’ve seen elsewhere.

Iglesia de Santo Tomás

Nearby the Chichicastenango market, the Iglesia de Santo Tomás church is another source of inspiration. Mayan worshipers built the church around 1545, and it remains a revered temple still today. According to the Maya calendar, the Catholic Maya priests speak the traditional K’iche language and still use the ancient rituals.

Mayan ceremony traditions

Priests hold traditional Maya ceremonies on the church’s steps, and we were privileged to witness one. The church has 18 steps representing a month of the Mayan calendar. These public services are so standard that they took place right in the middle of the flower section of the Chichicastenango market.

The priest and people performed rituals as incense burned and gave offerings. Somehow, we realized we were seemingly the only tourist surrounded by locals and grateful to witness the holy rites.

Visiting Chichicastenango Market

You wouldn’t waste a moment if you spent an entire day at the market. If you’re visiting the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala, it’s worth the trip. The time we spent at the market taught us so much about the Maya people’s history and how creativity and design enrich all aspects of their lives.

Even if you don’t want to shop, you will find it worthwhile. It gave us inspiration for infusing more creativity into every day and a better understanding of a different culture, and that’s always valuable.

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Hotel corridor carpet that stuns through unique color use

Chichicastenango is a beautiful colorful town in west-central Guatemala. The town still has one of the largest Guatemala markets and is known for its vibrant tropical colors. Surrounded by valleys, mountains, and rich culture, the town has many colonial architectural buildings that use vivid, intricate designs. Interestingly, even the Chichicastenango graves use bright colors of pink, green, blue, and yellow for their cemetery architecture. We’re bringing this color inspiration to our brand new hotel corridor carpet.

During our Chichicastenango tour, we see this home with turquoise and brown on the walls of its exterior. The bright turquoise color matches the colors of Guatemala and also creates a soothing visual effect. Many colors of Guatemala involve shades of turquoise. The dark maroon paint and cream colors also add an outstanding feature to the wall.

Furthermore, we create a custom carpet design that translates this house in Chichicastenango. The turquoise background uses a blend of shadows around the edges to create a smokey effect. The shading makes the custom carpet design look like a rustic building, similar to those in the village. Additionally, the turquoise lines next to the maroon rectangles create an elegant look perfect for the interior space. The way that the lines are all vertical creates a nice continual flow for wall-to-wall broadloom designs. This custom carpet indeed translates the beautiful color palette of this home’s exterior.

Here at Talk Carpet, we reduce consumer waste by creating roll layouts for our carpet patterns, minimizing the amount of material used. Additionally, Talk Carpet is part of DIFFA’s specific care program, donating 1% of custom sales revenue to DIFFA to fight against HIV/AIDS.

If you like this design or want to create your very own custom hotel corridor carpet, please contact one of our team members. We offer reasonable options starting at $21/SY on custom broadloom carpets or offer more high-end options throughout Axminster style wool/nylon blend. Whether you need carpeting for your hotel, office, or hospitality project, we have the ideal custom carpet for you in a large variety of price ranges.