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Luxury Moroccan Riads

Luxury Moroccan Riads

A mixture of sensuous luxury and aesthetic simplicity, the historic Moroccan city of Marrakech attracts a fashionable crowd of winter sun seekers. The dusky, pink-walled Medina, the 'old city', boasts a greater density of chic boutique lodgings than possibly anywhere else in the world and the multitude of emporia will keep shopaholics busy for days. Even non-shoppers will be amazed by the colour, diversity and vibrancy surrounding the souks. In short, fabulous nightclubs, new-wave riads and radical new Moroccan food make this the coolest place to be. This begs the question: Where to stay?

Riad Lotus Privilege

22 Fhal Zefriti, Quartier Ksour, Medina, Marrakech

This fantastically glitzy Moroccan hotel is down an improbably dark lane in the northern part of the medina. As with most riads, the street front is modest, which makes the courtyard seem all the more astonishing. Set against a pure white wall, two tall obelisks clad in mirrors stand sentry beside a pool in the centre of a black-and-beige marble floor. To either side are cream sofas, and a row of orange trees screens off the dining and sitting rooms. The Moroccan decor is a fusion of contemporary chic and oriental. Part of the style-conscious Lotus group, the hotel was designed by Antoine Van Doorne with his trademark edgy glamour. The extravagance continues in the five bedrooms, spacious hammam and on the bamboo-lined roof terrace. The three suites and two double bedrooms are huge and are decorated in strong colours. All have Bang & Olufsen sound systems and DVD-players. The bathrooms have plenty of Moroccan marble and mirrors.

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Royal Mansour

Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti

Tucked within the Marrakesh city walls, across the road from the Luxurious La Mamounia, the 3.5-hectare site has been contrived as a sort of medina-within-the-medina, an estate of 53 two-storey riads, each individually decorated and serviced via a network of subterranean tunnels. In addition to at least one bedroom, a sitting room and a patio, many of the riads have dining rooms, for those who decline to dine in the three restaurants. La Grande Table Française, already held to be the best French restaurant in Africa, the only marginally less fancy Grande Table Marocaine and the all-day-dining La Table are overseen by chef Yannick Alléno (from the three-Michelin-star restaurant at Le Meurice in Paris).

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Dar Seven

Sidi Benslimane, Derb Ibn Moussa, Marrakech

With imposing candlesticks, cream drapes and crystal glasses, all is grand and comfortable in this dreamy haven with four bedrooms in the north of the medina. Dar Seven is owned by Princess Letizia Ruspoli, whose super-luxurious Residenza Napoleone III apartment is one of the ultimate places to stay in Rome. She designed the Marrakech property as a holiday home for her own family, and you can rent one or all of the four rooms when they are not in residence. This Moroccan riad is decorated in tranquil whites, creams and browns, the sitting room lined with antique black-and-white prints of Turkish pashas and the courtyard doorways hung with old, lined doors. The staff of three serve breakfast and other meals either downstairs or on the roof terrace, which is fringed with agaves and banana trees. They will also book restaurants and visits to nearby hammams or organise in-house treatments.

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Angsana Riads Collection Morocco

59 Derb Lamouagni, Riad Zitoun Jdid, Medina, Marrakech

Angsana's six Marrakshi properties are all built around a central courtyard, with just a handful of rooms and lovely roof terraces. Five are clustered in the Medina near Bahia Palace, while the sixth is 10 minutes' walk away in the Kasbah. You'd be hard pushed to choose a favourite: each is romantic and delightful in its own way and, best of all, guests can use the facilities of any in the collection. The all-suite 19th-century Riad Si Said stands out for its opulent Moroccan decor and large pool; Riad Lydines has a sleek, more modern feel and the suite has a private rooftop hot tub; Riad Tiwaline is one of the most atmospheric with a dark-wood decked courtyard. There's no space for full-blown facilities, but each riad has a treatment room and a hammam where Thai staff deliver exquisite massages.

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Moroccan Luxury Decor

Whether you seek inspiration for a Moroccan-style interiors project, or are simply hunting for that one-off Moroccan gift item, MyCraftWork, LLC can supply the expertise and products that you need.

With over 7 years experience in the field of Moroccan design and our unparalleled access to skilled craftsmen, MyCraftWork specializes in the undertaking of both private and commercial commissions. Our projects include contemporary and traditional Moroccan themes for homes, gardens, hotels, restaurants and bars in the US and internationally. 

Having our own workshops in Morocco, and employing skilled craftsmen, allows us to undertake bespoke projects on almost any scale. Whether you are looking to commission a single piece or to refurbish an entire restaurant, MyCraftWork, LLCs has the resources to undertake your project.

In addition to our famous collection of handmade Moroccan lighting, we also offer a wide range of Moroccan interior accessories and gift items, both vintage and custom. Examples of our areas of expertise include: custom made Moroccan tribal rugs (Beni Ouarain and other types), luxury Moroccan ceramics, 'Moucharabia' and cedarwood screenwork, hand-crafted plasterwork ('gebs') wall panels, Moroccan relaxation rooms with low seating, Moroccan tables and textiles, and even Moroccan tiled 'hammams' bathrooms and garden spaces with tiled fountains and floors and 'tadelakt' (pigmented polished plaster) walls.

MyCraftWork, LLC also specialises in one-off bespoke pieces of Moroccan furniture, handmade to our customers' individual requirements - from luxury lanterns and tribal rugs to handmade Moroccan tables and upholestry. All of our furniture is hand-crafted by our skilled Moroccan artisans from sustainable source materials, with a turnaround time that is often quicker than having pieces made in the US.

Combining the highly diverse skills of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship with the country's rich natural resources, MyCraftWork, LLC creates and sources a continuously evolving range of high end Moroccan art.

Please get in touch with us for a quote, and we will be glad to assist you!

 

Beware of cheap Beni Ouarain knock-offs!

The most famous of the Moroccan Amazigh (Berber) carpets are those of the Beni Ouarain, a collection of seventeen Amazigh tribes.  Now their unique corner of the carpet market is under threat from cheap Chinese, Turkish Indian and Egyptian copies.

Located in the Middle Atlas, the nomadic Beni Ouarain probably began to settle south and southeast of the range of mountains known as Jebel Bouiblane around the 9th century AD, but it is suspected that the flat weaving tradition they brought with them is considerably older. Genuine Beni Ouarain carpets are much sought after and the demand for them has fuelled imitations.

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Vintage Moroccan Beni Ouarain in a Moroccan Riad.

According to respected Moroccan carpet experts, the Chinese machine made copies are produced in their hundreds and can be sold for a fraction of the price of an original Beni Ouarain piece.
The sale of fake Beni Ouarain rugs has reached a point where some web sites are using the name Beni Ouarain as if it were simply a style of carpet, no matter where it was made.

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The Beni Ouarain Wool Pile

Gebhart Blazek is a specialized dealer in Moroccan carpets and textiles and one of the few who has done the extensive research. He spent more than 18 months in field-research projects in Northern Africa since 1992 and is a constant contributor to international conferences and specialized publications. Gebhart Blazek agrees with our Fez rug expert about the functionality of the rugs as a method of protection; "The loose structure of the rugs adjusts to the shape of the body and offers effective protection against the cold."

It might seem surprising that in addition to rugs which, in their archaic character, suggest the origins of the pile weaving tradition itself, the Beni Ouarain also produced sophisticated flatweaves. The structure of their pile rugs is based on function — the number of wefts and the high pile being essential for good insulation — and design possibilities are therefore limited. But by contrast, Beni Ouarain weavers were able to display all their technical skill in the making of women's flatwoven shawls, some of the finest and technically most demanding of Moroccan textiles. As none of the other tribes appear to have produced flatweaves of such complexity, it seems reasonable to assume that the Beni Ouarain played a central role in the textile development of the Middle Atlas nomads, and that their work may even be linked to a far more ancient tradition.- Gebhart Blazek

 

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Moroccan vintage Handira from the 1900's.

There are three distinct types of shawls or coats (arab.: handira), whose names correspond to a particular technique and design density. The finest, known as tabrdouhte, are worn only on special occasions. They are like a pattern book, with up to seventy closely packed decorative rows in a sophisticated weft-wrapping technique, made not only from wool, but also from cotton and - more important - from linen. - Gebhart Blazek

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Modern Moroccan Handira with beautiful patterns

One of the main reasons for the difference between the Beni Ouarain rugs and other Moroccan Amazigh styles is geographical isolation. Because of their remote location, the Beni Ouarain were not influenced by the Arabic designs common to other tribes until the 20th century. Blazek says, "It is therefore not surprising that formal similarities of design and palette are to be found not in the urban rugs of the Maghreb, but rather in rural ceramics, which have retained an archaic decorative system of black lines on a white base, as well as production methods unchanged since Neolithic times."

The classic Beni Ouarain carpet design has a network of diamonds made up of relatively fine black lines on a white (or cream) ground. Borders are uncommon, and even the secondary guard design elements along the sides appear to be the result of external influences.

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Typical Modern Beni Ouarain featured in AD Magazine

One recent internet article quotes Elizabeth Mayhew, the design consultant for the American Today Show saying that currently, "very few new carpet style Beni Ourain are made ​​in Morocco”. This would be news to the Moroccan Beni Ouarain weavers who work hard at producing their masterpieces. Unfortunately the demand is high and insufficient and expensive original pieces are causing decoration companies to turn to China and Egypt.

Back in Fez, Morocco, our rug expert says he has yet to see a Chinese or Egyptian copy of a Beni Ouarain, but he has seen significant numbers of other tribal designs coming from a new source - Spain. "Again, they are all machine made," he says.

So what should you pay for a genuine Beni Ouarain?

If you are buying in the United States, prices can easily range between $5,000 and $8,000 for a rug of around 50 years old.  That is between 41,800 and 67,000 dirhams. Older (eighty to one hundred year old) rugs can fetch as much as $25,000 dollars (more than 209,000 dirhams) each.

 

Vintage Moroccan Rugs

In the historic area encompassing the modern nation of Morocco, rugs have been produced for over a thousand years. These rugs may have a heavy pile useful for the snow capped Atlas Mountains, or they can be lightweight to suit the hot climate of the Sahara desert. These rugs were not always used solely underfoot. The nomadic Moroccans and Berbers tribes used these pile, knotted, and flat-woven carpets as bed coverings and sleeping mats, as well as for self-adornment, burial shrouds and interior decoration and some of these rugs were also used for more practical purposes such as saddle blankets.

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The High Atlas region stretches across Morocco and is home to weavers who create beautiful flat-woven kilims that are characterized by lattice work, bands of thick pile and reversibility. The designs are traditional and ancient, passed down from weaver to weaver. Elsewhere in Morocco, most major cities have a unique style or design characteristic that distinguishes their carpets. Perhaps the most important carpet-producing city in Morocco is the former capital -- Fes. Fes reached its golden age during the Marinid Dynasty of the thirteenth century.  At that point, the city was home to over one hundred dye workers and thousands of artisan embroidery studios located in the city's medina.  The coastal capital -- Rabat -- is famous for carpets woven with floral and diamond-shaped elements, and a fairly bare field.

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These rugs experienced a growth in popularity in the west with mid-century modern designers--such as Le Corbusier--who paired the thick piled Berber rugs with their sleekly designed furniture.  Many of these Berber carpets are woven by the Beni Ourain peoples from the Rif Mountains near Taza.  Colors vary from neutral shades to popping hues, with designs ranging from ordered geometric shapes to a more free-form, expressive pattern.  Part of the appeal to the modernists was the primitivism in the carpets.  Unlike the traditional antique oriental rugs found in western interior decoration, there is little elegance about these rugs, yet they fit wonderfully with modernist décor. Vintage and antique Moroccan rugs are fairly popular today for their decorative flexibility and reasonable pricing as compared to other styles of antique rugs.

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Luxury Moroccan Ceramics

Here's a compilation of our beautiful luxury Moroccan ceramics at several client venues. Whether it's for corporate events, holiday parties or just plain personal gift shopping, we do it all! We can also customize gifts upon request.

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Our Egg Shaped Luxury Vase at a client's home in Germany

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Closeup picture of our gorgeous Egg Shaped Vase in Germany.

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Our corporate luxury Moroccan ceramics line, customized for a large bank in Morocco.

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Coporate luxury ceramics gifts. Our beautiful Moroccan candle holders customized for a very famous fashion firm!

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Our luxury Moroccan coupe getting boxed up before shipment to Italy!

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Our gorgeous Ceramic tefors and assiettes getting boxed up for a law firm in London!

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Another luxury Moroccan ceramics law firm order, but this tme it's headed to Switzerland!

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Save the best for last! A full luxury Moroccan ceramics Christmas table service for a French client in Paris.

 
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