Handmade Sand Carpets in Tenerife

As every year, the Orotava dresses up for the celebration of Corpus Christi, and as always in this celebration dozens of people collaborate and work together in the decoration of the streets near the town hall square.




The flower petals cover the ground by drawing figures and shapes of various colors that are repeated along the way, most of them are representations of biblical passages. Artworks that disappear with the passage of people in the procession of Corpus Christi.

Origin of the tradition

This tradition dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, when two women decided to make a carpet of flowers in front of their house to celebrate the procession. Little by little, more neighbors joined this initiative until in the 80s it was possible that the entire procession route was completely carpeted.

Crown jewel

Photo: Diario de Avisos

In the town hall square he elaborates a large work of art, a creation with a high level of difficulty and hard work that requires a lot of effort and dedication. More than twenty volunteers collaborate in the project covering the 900 square meters of the site.

The material used for the elaboration of this great tapestry is exclusively natural sand of the Teide National Park, without any chemical coloring, which makes it even more difficult to get some colors.


Photo: Moises Pérez

This year 2019 marks 100 years since the beginning of this tradition that since 2007 is in the Guiness of the Records book because it is the largest carpet of natural sands in the world.

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