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Moroccan Beni Ouarain Rugs

Crafted by women in the interior plains and mountains on fixed-heddle looms, Moroccan rugs can vary greatly depending on the tribes that weave them. Nonetheless, they all use severely geometric Moroccan decoration, sometimes in muted tones, sometimes almost monochrome, and sometimes richly colorful tones and asymmetrical compositions without borders. The raw material of the Moroccan rugs is black or white sheep’s wool, used as is or dyed with plants or minerals found in the areas where the carpets are woven. In the upper regions, ochers are often used while in the Plains of Marrakesh, madder provides brilliant reds. Moroccan rugs provide designers with timeless, unique, and functional works of art for the modern-day home. Each rug is a primitive abstraction that is completely original to the weaver of the rug. Recognizing the beauty of these rugs in the modern environment were such notable designers and architects as Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright

The vintage Moroccan tribal rugs are not only hard to find, but are very highly priced. Fortunately there’s been a recent trend towards these classic Beni Ourain tribal rugs (though originally they were used as blankets to stay warm). These rugs are lush and hand-woven with natural wool, typically sporting black diamond shapes on an off white/ivory backdrop. They’re often asymmetrical, broken and the lines rarely ever resembling anything straight.

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Moroccan Style Interiors

 

79ideas_wonderful_villa_morrocoFrom the light fixtures to the tilework, Moroccan design is all about the details in the finishing touches. Moroccan style home decorating invites rich colors of Middle Eastern interiors, dynamic contrasts, traditional patterns and uniqueness of Moroccan decorations and decor accessories. Vibrant colors of red and rich orange inspired by amazing African sunsets, green and blue found in the sea of the area, tones of gold, light brown, yellow and silver from the surrounding desert. Create a tropical atmosphere by bringing the outside into the interior through the use of exotic plants, terra cotta tiles and textured walls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Small tiles and mosaic designs decorate many Moroccan home interiors. Also mosaic designs are used for decorating Moroccan mirrors, coffee table tops and bathroom sinks, creating traditional Moroccan interior design with cheerful and bright color contrasts. Traditional Moroccan interior design style brings crafty Moroccan lamps and skillfully carved wood elements for Moroccan furniture, doors, windows and mirror frames. The aroma of African cuisine and tea with spices stimulates all

human senses, adds the final touch, evoking sensual Moroccan home decor.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Moroccan furniture and accessories encompass natural materials of wool, silk, glass, leather, clay and metal, such as Moroccan wool rugs, carved wood furniture and accessories, bright decorative cushions, made of cotton, wool or silk fabrics, Moroccan bedding and floor rugs, soft rich decorative curtains, unique Moroccan lamps made of ceramic, leather, glass or forged metal. Use elegant silk for decorating with curtains; bring in bright rich room paint colors and ethnic patterns, soft luxurious home decorating fabrics, floor rugs and pillows. The quickest way to Moroccan interior design is using bright and colorful wool rugs, kilims or thin large rugs with traditional geometric patterns. Few leather ottomans, or Moroccan poufs, and soft large cushions made of soft decorating fabrics add comfort to Moroccan interior design.

 

 

 

 

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Elle Decor in Marrakesh

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Several years ago, when Andrea and Bernd Kolb were renovating a 300-year-old riad in Marrakech's historic center, they discovered a small, forgotten room concealed behind a wall. Inside, they found a piece of paper upon which was written, in Arabic calligraphy, a love story. The couple have since turned the riad into a charming boutique hotel called AnaYela, but that anecdote captures the essence of Marrakech: It's a city of love stories and unexpected spaces. Countless luminaries, from Winston Churchill to Yves Saint Laurent, have lost themselves in the narrow, labyrinthine streets of this ancient, rose-hued city and come out the other side bewitched for a lifetime.

It is hard not to be. Marrakech hijacks your senses. A donkey cart jockeys for space alongside beat-up trucks and shiny SUVs; the intoxicating scent of orange blossoms mixes with smoke and cumin; electric colors like lapis lazuli and sunflower-yellow pop against the city's dusk-pink-painted walls; and, throughout the day and night, the haunting call to prayer pierces the city's modern-day hum. "Marrakech is the door to Africa," says Christine Alaoui, a French photographer whose inner circle included Yves Saint Laurent and Bill Willis, the eccentric decorator who arrived in the 1960s and adopted Marrakech as his own. "It's the start of another world."

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"But no matter how disoriented one might feel on a first wander through the souks, one is never truly lost. Almost all roads in Marrakech lead to the legendary Jemaa el-Fna, a sprawling, age-old market square anchored by the towering Koutoubia Mosque, the city's most prominent landmark. Its impressive, 220-foot-high minaret is one of the oldest in the world; in fact, new city buildings cannot be taller; in the old city, or medina, buildings are further limited to the height of a palm tree. Jemaa el-Fna is not only where the streets meet, but where most of Marrakech's mixed population (currently about a million) circulate among a mélange of tourist groups and Berbers in traditional djellabas, food-stall vendors and international jet-setters."

"Marrakech has become such an international hub," says Vanessa Branson, sister of the British adventurer and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, and founder of the fledgling Marrakech Biennale art fair. "I meet more interesting people there than in my neighborhood in central London." Branson, who bought a riad after her first visit in 2001 and eventually turned it into the cozy-chic boutique hotel Riad El Fenn, often evokes a popular Moroccan saying when describing her experience of Marrakech: "Everything is possible but nothing is certain."

 

Jamaa_ElfennaIn fact, Marrakech's state of affairs was extremely uncertain just a few years ago. A wave of Europeans had been swooping into the medina, buying up riads and turning them into second homes or fixing them up to sell at a profit. The city was being touted as a new Costa del Sol, and big developers started building golf courses and gated communities on the city's outskirts. Everyone held their breath as the Arab Spring went on around them. But, according to Branson, the dust has now settled and the city is developing into a compelling global capital of the arts, rather than a Saint-Tropez.

A major source of this seismic shift has been the zeal for Morocco's traditional arts and crafts, from zellige and encaustic tiles to ceramics and the Berber and Sufi songs of Gnawa. In the last few years the city has seen local and international tastemakers redefining old Moroccan techniques and designs in myriad ways; it's a powerful trend that has gone global, picked up by companies as disparate as West Elm and Tiffany & Co.

Sandra Zwollo, a Dutch entrepreneur who has lived in Marrakech for 16 years, points out that this influx of European artistic types started to grow during the financial crisis. "You can afford to pursue a creative lifestyle here," she says. British expat Nick Wilde, founder of Marrakchi Records, whose latest release is Caravane, a recording of local musical talents, concurs. "Marrakech is still a frontier town. It's like living in the Wild West," he explains. "You can come here without a real plan and fall into a niche. With the right attitude you can plant a flag and make a success of it." As an example, Wilde cites his American friends Caitlin and Sam Dowe-Sandes, who started a successful encaustic-tile company called Popham Design, inspired by Morocco's tradition of cement tile.

This new generation of entrepreneurs is also helping to revitalize many of the city's districts. Half a decade ago, Marrakech's souks were a maze of much of the same: a jumble of tea glasses, lanterns, and embroidered slippers. Now you can find small pockets of upscale boutiques such as Hanout, where Moroccan designer Meriem Rawlings sells modern caftans and silky tunics; Stephanie Jewels, a tiny showroom for delicate gold jewelry; and Bloom, a chic Francophile take on traditional Moroccan slippers and bags.

Others have set up shop in Guéliz, a modern district just northwest of the medina, which was built by the architect Henri Prost in the early 20th century, during the period of the French protectorate. Its wide avenues, Art Deco architecture, and buzzing sidewalk cafés are a welcome foil to the narrow alleyways that make up the medina. Guéliz is also home to some of the city's most interesting galleries, including Galerie 127, which showcases Morocco's emerging photography talents, and David Bloch Gallery. Another gallery project, to be designed by David Chipperfield in the Hivernage neighborhood, south of Guéliz, is expected to become the city's first world-class contemporary-art institution.

About 20 minutes north of Guéliz is the cobbled-together factory district of Sidi Ghanem, also called the Quartier Industriel. Driving by the battered, nondescript façades, you'd never guess that this is where some of the city's most innovative artisans are at work. French designer Laurence Landon, for instance, offers his one-of-a-kind Art Deco-style mirrors and lamps, while nearby, husband-and-wife team Julie Klear and Moulay Essakalli sell quirky stuffed animals and petite poufs at Zid Zid Kids.

What makes the 20-minute detour to Sidi Ghanem truly worth the trip is lunch at Le Zinc, the bistro of French-expat chef Damien Durand. When Durand — who had previously worked at the Michelin-starred Ksar Char-Bagh — opened his place three years ago, he hardly imagined that the industrial zone would develop into such a style destination. "I just knew I wanted a big space to experiment with French cuisine and Moroccan spices," Durand explains.

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The chicest (and smallest) emerging neighborhood is the area around the legendary Jardin Majorelle. When 33 Rue Majorelle debuted across from the famed two-acre garden, the two-story boutique was heralded as the city's first concept shop, featuring a compelling mix of locally produced objects and collections curated by the plugged-in stylist Monique Bresson.

It's only fitting that such a unique area should grow up around the Jardin Majorelle. As jewelry designer Paloma Picasso points out, "The French artist Jacques Majorelle is a good example of the creative types drawn to this mystical place. He came here in the early 1900s and was spellbound by Marrakech, and it's reflected in the colorful landscapes he painted and, of course, in his magical blue studio and garden." Later, in the 1980s, the property was bought and preserved by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé. Now it is also home to the recently inaugurated Berber Museum, an intimate space filled with the Berber fabrics, clothing, and ornaments that have had such a strong influence on contemporary fashion.

Picasso's more ornate designs for Tiffany, too, often reflect her own fascination with the city. "I love the landscape, the colors, and the art of Marrakech," she says. "My Zellige jewelry collection was definitely inspired by the geometric shapes and intricate patterns that can be found throughout the medina."

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La Palmeraie, where Picasso owns a home with her husband, Eric Thévenet, was once the residential suburb of choice for those who wanted to build from scratch and be surrounded by luxurious gardens and wide-open spaces. When Christine Alaoui and her family moved there in the '80s, into an abandoned villa called Bled Roknine, they were among the first to do so. Now that the area has become more crowded, other frontier seekers have started to build in the little villages on the desert outskirts of Marrakech. This year alone marks the opening of several destination properties, from the Taj Palace Marrakech (where scenes from Sex and the City 2 were filmed) to the more laid-back Great Getaway Marrakech Hotel & Spa.

The most intriguing properties take their inspiration from Moroccan artistic traditions, such as the new Fellah Hotel in the Ourika Valley, south of the city. The 10-villa property is the passion of philanthropist Redha Moali and his wife, the Moroccan actress Houria Afoufou. On the surface, Fellah is a chic eco-hotel complete with an innovative French chef and a spa that's a temple to Thai massage. But explore a bit and one will discover the true function of the property: an artistic think tank and dynamic cultural center. One of the villas houses a library that is partly funded by Libraries Without Borders and a resident scholar, a Spanish expert on Arabic poetry. Another villa is home to Dar al-Ma'mûn, a residency program for international artists working with the area's traditional craftspeople.

"In Marrakech, things look the same from the outside but if you open an old door you might find a palace," says Andrea Kolb. Or, a think tank masquerading as a hotel. The more you rub away at the surface, the more magic is released.

Source: Elle Decor in Marrakesh. All pictures were taken in Marrakesh, Morocco.

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A Luxurious Moroccan Home

Sitting Room: Liza Bruce's Moroccan Home

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The ground-floor sitting room of fashion designer Liza Bruce and artist Nicholas Alvis Vega’s home near Marrakech features a 1940s Yoruba armchair, decorative crosses, a carved-wood chair from Ethiopia, and a variety of West African accessories. Vega designed the fireplace surround based on the Moroccan eight-pointed star motif, and the walls are painted in a custom color Bruce and Vega call Passion Plum.

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In a bath, the tub and fittings are in the shape of an eight-pointed Moroccan star, and the mirrored wall treatment is based on a traditional Moroccan Islamic design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Syrian oil lamp and a Mauritanian basket atop traditional Moroccan side tables painted in a harlequin pattern. The encrusted Moroccan mirrors leaning against the wall are gorgeous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the master bedroom, the carved-wood chairs are from Mali, the Moroccan rug is made of reeds, and the wood doors were crafted by local Moroccan artisans. Notice that the famous 8 pointed Moroccan Zellige star is present everywhere.

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More Exotic Moroccan-Inspired Rooms

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Works of Art
Intricately carved and hand-painted in elaborate motifs, Morocco's distinctive furniture is known for its unparalleled artisanship and attention to detail. Browse import stores for an authentic Moroccan chest, table or armoire to instantly add character to your home. This colorful cabana features octagonal Moroccan side tables in various sizes and patterns, echoed overhead by an assortment of vibrant hanging lanterns.
Works of Art
Intricately carved and hand-painted in elaborate motifs, Morocco's distinctive furniture is known for its unparalleled artisanship and attention to detail. Browse import stores for an authentic Moroccan chest, table or armoire to instantly add character to your home. This colorful cabana features octagonal Moroccan side tables in various sizes and patterns, echoed overhead by an assortment of vibrant hanging lanterns.
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Drawing From Nature
An antique rug was the inspiration for the color scheme in this entire master suite. Blue is a prevalent color in Moroccan interiors, evocative of the adjacent Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Shades of gold and yellow, found in the surrounding desert, are also frequently used. A custom-made bed, inspired by an iron Moroccan candle, and a luxurious chaise add a sense of grandeur to the bedroom. Design by Chris Barrett.
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Opulence Overhead
The attention to detail found in Moroccan design doesn't stop at the walls; ceilings are often painted and stenciled with elaborate designs. In the African-inspired gallery of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu, the brilliantly painted ceiling is adorned with arabesque and geometric shapes commonly found in Moroccan architecture. Design by Marion Philpotts-Miller, Philpotts Interiors.
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Moroccan Glam
Typically hand embroidered and available in a variety of colors and styles, Moroccan leather ottomans, or poufs, are an ideal addition to a comfortable, casual seating area. Rate My Space user hrosario75 put a contemporary twist on Moroccan design with white poufs, a metallic silver table and patterned throw pillows in icy shades of blue.
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Relaxing Lounge
Layered with plush rugs, draped fabrics and an abundance of pillows and cushions, Moroccan interiors exude comfort and luxury. In this Moroccan-inspired "smoking room" by designer Tracy Murdock, a custom-made corner bed scattered with pillows invites you to sit back and unwind. The brass chandelier and oversize inlaid mirror, both imported from Morocco, enhance the room's exotic ambiance. Photography by Alexander Vertikoff.
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A Fresh Take
While traditional Moroccan interiors are often extravagant and full of intricate detail, modern interpretations of Moroccan classics are a great fit for contemporary homes. Bold, geometric prints inspired by traditional Moroccan motifs are cropping up on pillows, rugs and upholstered pieces of furniture. Try pairing a chic, contemporary sofa with patterned throw pillows in vivid colors.
 
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