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“Shabu House: home of the most Charming weaves”
Review of Sadu House

Sadu House
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Salmiya
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 11 September 2017

For each country I visit, I usually end up milling around old market places and shops looking some treasures local to the area to buy like wicker baskets and weaves. Sabu House is so far the only place you could find them in Kuwait, if you are running short of time.

If you' re a business busy traveler stuck on a tight schedule, with a few hours left for some souvenir shopping, go to this place. Other than a museum that showcases different types of weaves against fantastic monochromatic murals that feature scenes of old Kuwait, it has a small souvenir shop where you can buy rugs, pillow covers, hanging wall dividers, purses and bags to take home. Their items are made of very good quality fibres that could last you for a hundred years. They are costly of course but worth it. Prices can vary according the size, the type or complexity of weave or knot, and material. They have colors that sparkle and the geometric patterns on these are just lovely to took at. You don't need to bring cash; your credit card will do.

Just across the hall from the entrance of their shop is coffee shop too; a small cute place with some delightful sweets.

Admission is free. No picture-taking allowed in the museum. Selfies and pictures are OK in the shop. It's along the coast not far too from the Grand Mosque, the American Cultural center/Dar Al Athar and the Al Youm heritage village. Have a friend drive you there, because it could be difficult to hail a taxi from the entrance. You would have to walk around the block to get one on your way back to your hotel.

Lastly, this place is not for all types of travelers. If you are artistic and have a passion for art and culture, this place is just for you.

1  Thank Torres G
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

This is a small house with the history of weaving in the past, interesting to see the weaving but the building itself is worth visiting but as it is small I would suggest combining it with another attraction nearby.

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Reviewed 28 May 2017

The museum is located at a 1930s traditional house that is worth visiting just by itself: gives a very nice idea on how a Kuwaiti house may look back in the days.

The museum contains a modest number of items but the display is done in an absolutely amazing way. More doesn't always mean better and this is exactly the case here. You can see and actually touch the traditional tent cloths, decorations for camels (!), learn more about the dying and spinning and weaving and all associated traditions.


There is a very nice little film where they show the process of weaving, definitely recommend watching this one (contact the museum staff for turning the movie on).


There are only 4 rooms to the museum but most items are provided with little explanation notes so you have a pretty good idea of what you are looking at.


The museum has a gist shop (you can buy little souvenir bags/presents there) including books on weaving.


If you are lucky, there will be a pop-up event in the little courtyard in the middle of the house and you can see the locals selling and buying stuff: fascinating experience! Also a little café at the very entrance (to your left) has good coffee and you can just sit down and relax. The café is popular among local youth so it also kinda gives you a local flavor.


In a nutshell, a good cultural thing to do to learn a thing or two and enjoy time with friends afterwards.


P.S.: we went with AWARE center on a guided tour, not sure if the museum offers any other guided tours. Timings may vary too, so better check on their website. Been there once and couldn't get into the museum as it got closed at 1 pm (maybe opens around 5 pm again).

2  Thank Anna H
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Reviewed 20 May 2017

Saud House location is in Kuwait City facing the Gulf near the National Assembly

Is is also school for weaving and they are teaching yong peopl to do it the old days to keep the heritage going
You can buy some little works from the store.

2  Thank Mohammed A
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

One of the best place in Kuwait eager to keep Kuwait héritage It should be recognised for this ! & encouraged to keep doing the wonderful work it always attract people in search of beautiful pieces a nice place that Kuwait should be proud of

1  Thank labibatemmim
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