The word bazaar, souk in Arabic, means 'a mess' and we might think that the term is more accurate to describe this as vibrant and noisy area where nothing seems to follow any rules. However, the souks were always very orderly markets responding to social and geographical organization of corporations of artisans, existing even today after more than eight centuries. Were weavers and leather tanners who settled and were gradually adding other activities, each settling in a well defined area for its activity first. Each corporation had very specific rules and professional hierarchies; in general, a hierarchy in which the trainee was at the lowest level for a certain time (sometimes years) to learn the trade existed. When I was able to perform a piece by itself was judged by their teachers or maalems and if approved could settle and trade and other artisans. The maalems were, then, transmitting the secrets of the profession, and were led by the amine, chosen from among them to resolve conflicts between artisans or between teachers and learners.