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Moroccan Lanterns and Decor

The following is a comprehensive article about Moroccan decorand Moroccan styles extracted from the Houzz Blog.

Moroccan architecture and interior design express the country's diverse history through detail, texture and geometry. Influenced by multiple cultures and religions, this style can feel at home in traditional or modern homes. Rich, luxurious and exotic, the style has bold colors and shapes that make it a favorite of many interior designers. 
Want to bring this warm and bright style into your life? Here are nine Moroccan design elements to try introducing.

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1. Architectural details. Traditional Moroccan architecture is shaped by centuries of cultural and religious influences. Beautiful archways and curved doorways in the Islamic keyhole design are some of the style's most recognizable elements. 
Get this look: Try adding these details through less permanent and less expensive paint finishes — just tape off your design on a wall, bookshelf or canvas, and paint over it in the color of your choice.

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2. Courtyards. Traditionally Moroccan homes were designed with privacy in mind, which meant no front yards or backyards. Instead, homes were built around a central courtyard, often adorned with fountains or pools. 

This Americanized version has colorful and comfortable seating, accessories and even a little fire to contrast with the water. 

Get this look: Most of us don’t have the opportunity to change the footprint of our homes to include a new central courtyard. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t include some Moroccan elements in our outdoor spaces. Try adorning your outdoor space with a simple, store-bought central water feature. Fragrant flowers, colorful pottery, low bench seating and hanging lanterns can all add some Moroccan spice in subtle and affordable ways, too.

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3. Bold color choices. The colors embraced in traditional Moroccan interiors ranged from bold and brilliant to subtle and subdued. Most often the color scheme reflected either desert or ocean hues. It was common to see brilliant reds, oranges, greens and blues dominate the interiors, with a neutral or color-washed background. 


Get this look: Go high contrast with brilliant-hued accents set against a neutral backdrop or wash all of your walls in color. Not ready to paint? Plenty of pillows, rugs and poufs can add bold color to your home, too.

 

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4. Ornate and plush furniture. Delicately carved furniture and plush upholstered pieces are staples of Moroccan interiors. Carved seat bases, chests, coffee tables and side tables often contrast with plush couches, poufs or floor cushions in a single room.


Get this look: If you’re on a budget but still love that Moroccan flair, add a pounded metal tray to the top of a table, or a few inexpensive Moroccan poufs or floor cushions to a room. Carved elements can be added to existing pieces via affordable wooden appliques — although the more ornate, the better.

5. Rugs. Moroccans have created some of the world’s most distinct rugs for centuries.Traditionally, these rugs were used as bedding, blankets or saddles. Their designs focused on abstract and geometric patterns with colorful and neutral palettes. 

Get this look: Authentic or vintage Moroccan rugs can cost a lot of money these days. Reproductions are available, but you can also re-create the bold design with a modern twist using tape, outdoor paint and a sisal or jute rug.

6. Textiles. Moroccan fabrics, such as silks or other gauzy textiles, can be used and layered as room dividers, draperies or furniture protectors.

Get this look: Hit your local fabric store and keep an eye out for colorful, intricately patterned or gauzy textiles. Mix and match patterns and colors to get the eclectic Moroccan look. You can always turn these textiles into pillows or floor cushions, or drape a few yards over furniture or above outdoor spaces.

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7. Tiles. Bold Moroccan tiles focus on geometric forms, framing doors and windows and decorating floors, walls, fountains and accent and art pieces. 


Get this look: Many Moroccan motifs can be found at tile retailers. Their classic, bold look works well in traditional or modern settings. Try adding some to a backsplash, floor or fireplace. Tight budget? Just choose a few to put on a tabletop or outdoor entryway.

8. Lanterns. Moroccan lanterns are one the most recognizable parts of this design style. Intricately made from metals such as brass, Nickel or copper, these pieces cast amazing shadows on their surroundings when hung from the ceiling.


Get this look: Moroccan Metal lanterns come in various styles and finishes that pay tribute to Moroccan interiors. Hang a small cluster in a room corner or as a focal point over a dining area.

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Moroccan Vintage Rug Styles

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Moroccan rugs are made in the five regions of Morocco: the Middle Atlas, the High Atlas, Rabat, Eastern Morocco and the Atlantic plains. Retaining an authentic indigenous character and woven by Berber tribes living much as they did centuries ago, vintage Moroccan flat woven and knotted pile rugs are remarkably diverse in style, but all share the characteristics of bold color, thick shaggy pile, naive yet charming motifs and lively patterns of geometric elements. Each tribe with its own distinct repertoire of designs and colors signify both the ceremonial and day to day life of the group. The vivacious oranges and sunny yellows in Moroccan vintage rugs of the High Atlas, the dramatic light blue and camel tones of the Rabat vintage carpets, or the neutrality of the ivory and charcoal ground Beni Ouarain vintage oriental rugs are ideal for the chic and contemporary interiors of the twentieth century.

Below are few examples of these beautiful handmade rugs from my home sweet home!

Neutral and Shaggy - Beni Ouarain Rugs

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Colorful, warm and handknotted - Say hello to the Glaoui Moroccan rug!

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The Beni Ouarain cousin - The Azilal Vintage rug.

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The Abstract Painting - The Boucherouite Moroccan Rug!

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Let's Go to Morocco Feature!

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Lily's online magazine for featuring us in their September 2014 issue!

Make sure you check it out here and share with your followers! 

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Thank you.

 

Moroccan Luxury Zellij Tiles

That summer holiday may already be a distant memory, but some hazy recollection of glorious, sun-soaked interiors could be lingering. How about bringing some of that cool, glazed pattern into the bathroom or fireplace at home? Moroccan patterned Zellij tiles are now widely available in the US, and with a few expert tips, you can now add that little exotic flair at home.

Here, we give you an essential guide to effectively using patterned decorative Moroccan tiles in different settings:

· Many of the most beautiful decorative Moroccan tiles create a loud, rhythmic pattern across a large surface area. This can be striking - but also overwhelming. To prevent them dominating a room, and to keep down costs, think about using only six or eight as a splashback above a basin. Or displaying a neat column of four inside a fireplace's cast-iron insert. Or consider alternating them with plain white tiles.

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· Where to put them? "These tiles look best framed, so set them in recesses or alcoves so they have a clear stop and start," says interior designer Gill Richardson, of Goodchild Interiors, "or create a frame using wooden mouldings or architrave which you can paint." A splashback behind an oven. A bath panel. A chimney breast cavity. Or displayed symmetrically in a picture frame on the wall. Richardson adds: "Use blue and white Moroccan tiles to give a cool feel in a kitchen by putting them behind a range or Aga. They can look great on chimney breasts, too - a sort of Gustavian take; if you're brave, use blue and white repeating motifs laid in a regular alignment that emphasises the shape of the breast."

· Keep the rest of your scheme low-key, with grey or neutral walls, for example. Richardson suggests "using arches and the Middle Eastern shapes you associate with these tiles within the space".

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· Moroccan tiles are handmade and look better laid without a space between them. "Always draw up the pattern first, to give your installer a clear idea of what you want," Richardson says. Because the thickness of the tiles can vary, allow at least 5mm for the application of the adhesive. When laying them, place each tile very close together and use a soft, grey-coloured grout, rather than the brilliant white found in DIY shops. Once dry, treat like any other tile with just the occasional wipe-over with a damp cloth.

· Unlike modern, factory-made tiles, Moroccan Zellij tiles have tiny irregularities in shape, size and shade, giving a slightly unpolished, undulating finish to any surface. Go with it.

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· Some tiles will need sealing once they are laid: these include unglazed terracotta, limestone and slate tiles.

With an extensive selection of hand-crafted Zellij tiles available at our workshops in Morocco, MyCraftWork, LLC is the perfect place to acquire your authentic Moroccan tiles for any interior project. We offer both loose tiles and pre-assembled panels, in a range which includes mosaic border tiles and tiles which are hand-painted and hand-chiselled, in addition to customised tiled panels and encaustic cement tiles.

Contact us for more information.

 

Royal Mansour Luxury Moroccan Riad

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Marrakech is like a lavish watercolor painting by Delacroix: bright, sun-struck gardens blooming with magenta bougainvillea, punctuated by flickering palm trees and encircled by 16th century terra-cotta ramparts. It’s like a hallucinatory dream where the polished Paris-meets-Morocco style of Yves Saint Laurent and his coterie linger on at their most glamorous. Since June 2010, the Royal Mansour offers guests a most luxurious enchantment.

 

The historic silver Daimler sedan glides with exquisite grace past the hotel’s security gate and turns toward a long private drive lined with robust palm trees. In the distance awaits the arched grand portal and stunning architecture of the Royal Mansour.

A passenger could be forgiven for asking the white-gloved, liveried chauffeur to seize the moment and let it rip. But this handsome driver proceeds at a stately pace, just as he does when he’s driving the king of Morocco, who owns the property.

Anticipation is such sweet pleasure. The car pulls up; luggage is whisked out of sight; and, suddenly, I am in another world, far from the jangle and clamor of the nearby ancient medina of Marrakech.

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Exploring the centuries-old souks (markets) of the city is for another day. For now, I am transported to the truly palatial style of Morocco. The grandiose entryway leads to an open-air courtyard centered on fountains and a pool. I soon learn that the lovely space is ethereally lit at night by hanging lanterns of handblown glass.

The king of Morocco built this pleasure palace, which opened last year, to show off ancient crafts, and arts and design influences of his country. He gathered the kingdom’s best stonecutters, silk-weavers, glassmakers, carvers, gilders, tile-makers and others skilled at traditional crafts and decorative arts.

The resort’s suites are ornamented with exquisite handiwork, painted silk fabrics, handwoven Moroccan carpets and intricately tiled walls. There are also traceries of stucco, carved and painted cedar beams, recessed windows with carved shutters and gold arabesques of decoration. I lie on a silk-embroidered divan, noting that every vignette offers delight and surprise.

Built into the medina wall, the expansive property covers 8-plus acres. The Royal Mansour, discreet and private, contains 53 Moroccan Riads, each one true to the centuries-old Moroccan style and configured around a central, open-air courtyard. Riads are the traditional, incredibly ornamented residences of the country (with high walls to keep out desert sands, marauders and prying eyes), with a living area and, in some cases, a dining room. Each of the Royal Mansour’s riads (ranging from 1,400 square feet to 19,375 square feet) showcases the country’s classical design, in addition to artwork from more than 80 contemporary native artists, also on display throughout the property. The second floor houses bedrooms that overlook the private courtyard below, while roof terraces with sun beds and private pools provide stunning views of Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains.

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We wanted the experience here to be like staying in a place with a history rather than staying in a hotel; says Nicolas Papamiltiades of 3BIS, architect for Royal Mansour. He’s right: It’s nothing like a conventional hotel. There are none of the usual hotel codes, including no check-in desk. And visitors experience service suited for royalty - a stealth staff of 500 stands vigilant, ready to meet your every need.

“We stayed true to spaces that obey the rules of Moroccan architecture, solidly anchoring the project in its setting and forging its credibility”; Papamiltiades adds. Guests are welcomed and then taken directly to their private accommodations in the individual riads.

When hunger rouses, two lavish fine-dining options, La Grande Table Marocaine and La Grande Table Française, await with menus supervised by three-Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno. For a more leisurely reprieve, toast terrace-side at the Mediterranean concept, La Table. Likewise, post-dinner lounging proves positively posh. Interior gathering spaces like Le Bar are furnished with antique mirrors, while the cozy, jewel-box-like Cigar Lounge provides an inviting space in which to relax. The Library is stocked with walls of books on Moroccan culture, science and art. It also features a unique retractable ceiling and telescope, giving guests the chance to scan an extraordinary view of the Marrakech night sky.

The Spa is equally indulgent, encompassing an airy 27,000 square feet. Flaunting an indoor swimming pool (in its own glazed pavilion), 13 treatment rooms, a Watsu bath area, three spa suites and a fitness center, it’s easy to feel worlds away mid-massage. It's dramatically modern with glossy white geometric screens inspired by traditional Moorish styles, but reinvented in an abstract fashion that lends a modern aesthetic to the classic hammam (Turkish bath). It's a dream of all-white decor: serene, airy, pristine.

Afterward, there's a cool sip of Moroccan mint tea, and then it's time to rest, meditate and consider the great good fortune of spending a few blissful days among the formidably elegant walls at the very royal Royal Mansour. For the duration of my stay, one thought repeats itself: It's good to be the queen.

 

 

 
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