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Moroccan Luxury at Antoine Proulx Galerie

MyCraftWork, LLC teamed up with the Antoine Proulx Luxury Galerie in Scottsdale Arizona to showcase some very unique Luxury Moroccan Decor elements. If you live in the area, please stop by the Galerie!

The following are a few shots taken at the Galerie;

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Beni Ouarain Rugs

There is a craze underfoot. Crack open any shelter magazine or visit nearly any decorating blog and you will be overwhelmed with images of stylish rooms that are anchored by a singular shared object: the Moroccan rug.

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Take, for example, the resuscitated Domino magazine. In it, just about every featured room proudly boasts one of these shaggy geometric patterned rugs — it’s as if they are a prerequisite for publication. But what is it that makes these floor coverings suddenly seem as ubiquitous as sisal?

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 To be clear, the Moroccan rug designs of which I speak are from the Beni Ouarain people, who comprise 17 Berber tribes from the Atlas Mountains. These rugs have distinctive designs, which range from ordered geometric shapes to more free-form, expressive patterns. They almost always are in a neutral palette (usually they have an ivory background with brown or black geometric lines), and they have a shaggy pile. Never intended to be decorative objects, the rugs were originally woven for practical purposes: It is cold in the mountains, so they were used for blankets, shawls and bedcovers.

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Traditionally these Moroccan rugs are no wider than seven feet. You will never find a vintage piece that is wider. This is because the Beni Ouarain are nomadic, so no loom could be too large to carry from place to place. And lastly, women who had no formal training traditionally made these rugs, just like the American quilt. James French, a director of Beauvais Carpets in New York , points out that traditional Beni Ouarain tribal designs were woven from memory, not patterns, so they have an appealing “quirkiness.”

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This quirkiness is exactly what makes these rugs appealing to interior designers. “They give a room, particularly a cold modern room, warmth and patina as well as a dose of ethnicity,” says Timothy Whealon of Timothy Whealon Interiors in New York. The converse is also true: The idiosyncratic patterns of Beni Ouarain designs give more traditional rooms a much-needed shot of modernity. It is because of this versatility that Whealon, like other decorators, has used them for years. And despite their recent omnipresence, he says he will continue to use them. “I don’t see them as trendy; I see them as timeless.”

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He couldn’t be more right. Whealon, like many of us, is following a long line of designers and tastemakers who have had a love fest with these rugs. “In Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, designers used Moroccan rugs for their inherent sense of modernity and ethnographic qualities,” Ffrench says. A couple decades later, mid-century modernists, such as Le Corbusier and Charles and Ray Eames, were known to use the same fluffy piled rugs as a counterpoint to their sleekly designed furniture. In 1972, Billy Baldwin chose a room with a diamond-patterned Beni Ourain rug for the cover of his book “Billy Baldwin Decorates,” which illustrates his masterful ability to bridge style and comfort.

Although it has been a staple in the haute decorating world for almost a century, the Moroccan rug filtered into the mainstream only in the past 10 years, thanks in part to magazines such as the original Domino, whose editors drew attention to the rugs with their signature arrows and simulated handwriting typeface that said things like “try this neutral Moroccan rug as an alternative to sisal.”

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Companies caught on. Although vintage pieces are still available on the market, they are too long and narrow for many spaces. 

Please beware of Chinese, Indian and Turkish immitations. If the price is "too good to be true", it means that the rug is certainly not an authentic Beni Ouarain!


 

Moroccan Lanterns to brighten your home decor

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Home is where the heart is but is your home missing something? Maybe what your home really needs is a little design here and there and something really classic to enhance the entire décor. If your home has the same lighting, bulbs and candle stands then how is it really different from any other home? Did you know that natural light is more relaxing than the artificial luminescence? If you didn’t know this then this is the best time to bring some change. Add some magic into your home and brighten up the décor using some of the oldest methods of lighting – bring home the Moroccan Lanterns!

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You are probably wondering how a lantern can change the ambience of your home. A lantern will provide a rustic look to your home. You can hang it anywhere but will look great in your living room as well as on the garden porch. Imagine having a dinner on the porch brightened by the subtle magnificence of the Moroccan Lantern. You need to experience it to feel the impact!

Let’s take a look at Moroccan lanterns and why they are preferred over ordinary lanterns. Moroccan lighting has been a unique home decoration concept for a long time and Moroccan décor is not something that you will find easily in US homes as it doesn't have a deep reach. If you find a home with Moroccan décor then be rest assured that either your hosts have traveled to Morocco to find it or they have found it through specialists like us. Moroccan Decor is rare but its uniqueness comes from the fact that it emanates from diverse influences deeply rooted in Moroccan history, culture and art. Moroccan lighting is also a part of the same influence and brings with it the geometric forms, vivid colors, and exotic designs, which have long been the symbol of Moroccan decor.

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One of the exotic Moroccan lanterns also known as the henna lamps is made from stretched goat skin and is decorated with exquisite designs. The designs are all hand painted and based on traditional henna designs. Some of the designs are also dyed with paprika or saffron based dyes and is the ultimate decoration piece for your living room. It will add an earthy touch and bring in the rustic feel to your living room or any where in your house where place it. The henna sconce is also used without lighting but these are meant to be stand alone decorative wall pieces. 

Another Moroccan decoration that you can try is the stained glass lamp that comes with carved motives and definitely makes a bolder statement as far as designing your interiors is concerned. The Stained glass lamps are one of its kinds and will add spice to the overall interior decoration of your house. Moroccan lamps are also known as Moroccan lanterns and can be added to an existing wrought iron chandelier to bring a warmth and delightfully appealing freshness to your home. 

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With Moroccan lighting, you can get your true creative spirit working to recreate a truly exotic Moroccan oasis.

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Photo above is not property of MyCraftWork LLC.

Using Moroccan lighting

You can try and use various types of wattage to get different looks in terms of design and brightness. You can also experiment a little and use a candle especially if you are using the Moroccan lantern in a small space. While using henna lamps or henna wall sconces, you can try a low wattage to get the right ambience – it will provide a very romantic feel. 


Moroccan lighting: Maintenance Tips 

When it comes to the maintenance of Moroccan lighting then you can feel good about the fact that the maintenance cost is as good as zero. Another salient point is that unlike tubes and bulbs or even candles, the Moroccan lanterns can last for almost a lifetime. The only maintenance required involves lubrication of the side door hinges. This lubrication can be done once in a while or during the rainy season. If you choose the henna lamps or the henna wall sconce then they don’t require any maintenance at all.

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Decorating with Moroccan Rugs

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The ever-changing interior design trends are in constant demand of a type of rug that can withstand the changes of taste and preference that designers and home owners have. Moroccan carpets and rugs have proven to be just the style of rug that is needed to be versatile enough to be used in various home interior design schemes across the world. With a wide array of colors and styles, it is understandable that these rugs have been some of the most popular on the market for the last century.

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Indeed, the amazing versatility of Moroccan rugs is part of what makes them so special. Because of the nature of Morocco's geography and complex history, many different groups of people in Morocco have created rugs and carpets that fall under the umbrella term "Moroccan rugs," but many of these pieces are as different from one another as can be. Thus, there is a large amount of styles and weaves of Moroccan rugs on the market today, meaning that there is a piece for almost every taste and style.

Most rugs from Morocco are hand crafted by skilled weavers who have been making these masterpieces through generations. Rug crafting and its techniques are often passed down through families and have been used for many years. Moroccan carpet textures range from the rich and deeply colorful to the very neutral and minimalist such as the Beni Ouarain genre.

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If you have been looking for the perfect way to accentuate the design of your home, Moroccan carpets are a fabulous choice. They work well in just about any room of the home and are considerably less expensive than most other types of rugs in today's market - making them attainable and appreciated by people from all walks of life.

Our latest Custom made Moroccan collection can be found on our Pinterest board here.

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All White Moroccan Luxe Decor

One of the new improbable decor marriages is the white Scandinavian/Moroccan decor.  Using Moroccan items in silver, gold, white or black to complement an already all white scandinavian canvas, is something we are starting to see in a lot of high end European residences.
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Above is an all white living room which looks perfect with a traditional Moroccan side table painted white. The relaxed feel of this room is very stylish and could also work in a vacation house. The olive tree in the white washed wicker basket really adds the last touch.
You can never go wrong with a white decor with ethnic and natural Moroccan elements.
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