In a XVIIIth century patrician
house, in the heart of the medina of the capital
of the south, a regional museum of popular arts
and traditions has been established.
The house itself was bequeathed by one of the
great families of the Sfaxian bourgeoisie and
is in the pure classical style of stately Tunisian
houses, behind a relatively modest façade.
The four T shaped rooms are laid out around a
square courtyard, one on each side. The “reception
area” opposite the entranceway, was flanked
by alcoves on each side that were used as storerooms
and with at each end of the main part of the room,
a recess designed for holding a bed. The rooms
were self contained apartments generally occupied
by the descendants grouped around the patriarch.
Dar Jallouli is built on two floors.
These rooms, especially those on the ground
floor, portray reconstructed scenes from traditional
daily life in the city of Sfax marked by the urban-rural
duality, since the population spent a good part
of the year in their jnen (type of farm) that
lay on the outskirts of the city until recently.