Carthage's economy began as an extension of that of its parent city, Tyre. Its massive merchant fleet traversed the trade routes mapped out by Tyre, and Carthage inherited from Tyre the art of making the extremely valuable dye Tyrian Purple. It was one of the most highly valued commodities in the ancient Mediterranean, being worth fifteen to twenty times its weight in gold. High Roman officials could only afford togas with a small stripe of it. Carthage also produced a less-valuable crimson pigment from the cochineal.

Carthage produces finely embroidered and dyed textiles of cotton, linen, wool, and silk, artistic and functional pottery, faience, incense, and perfumes. Its artisans work with glass, wood, alabaster, ivory, bronze, brass, lead, gold, silver, and precious stones to create a wide array of goods, including mirrors, highly admired furniture and cabinetry, beds, bedding, and pillows, jewelry, arms, implements, and household items. The country is very progressive, with a poverty level below 4%.

Camels at rest

The baths at Carthage

Rooftop arches

Rooftop carpet showroom

Antonin Baths Floor Plan

The setting

Baths overview

Sprucing up the Shop

Carthage baths

Tunis market

Side street

Shopper taking a break

Arts and Crafts Shop

Government Building

Carpet presentation

Museum Atrium

Museum Hall

Great Hall

Intricate Stonework

African American Cemetery

Tunisian Rug Weaver


Daily Life

Local Artisan


Carthage Aqueduct

Inside the Thermes d'Antonin

Bazaar Walkway

Modern Life in the ancient city

Bong Boys

Market wares

Carthage suburb

Tunisian door w-three peepholes

Bardo Museum Ceiling

Best Preserved Mosaic

Leaning on History