Moroccan Living at Home
Morocco must be one of the most inspirational destinations for an Interior Designer like myself. Not only is the architecture stunning but the beautiful tiles adorning the mosques are a feast for the eyes as well. Morocco is a country with a rich history of handicrafts passed on from generation to generation many of which still survive today.
Wandering around the souks brimming with tiny shops is an adventure in itself – one of my favorites I might add! I can’t get enough of roaming the narrow alleyways scouring for the perfect piece to bring back home. Morocco is known for its intricate hand-woven rugs usually made by tribal communities living in the surrounding deserts.
Two of the most popular rug designs now widely used in interior design are Beni Ouarain and boucherouite rugs. Beni Ouarain rugs (above) are made with sheep’s wool and have a distinct style which is usually simple black and white geometric designs. Boucherouite rugs (below) are traditionally made from left over scraps of fabric giving them this kaleidoscope style of awesome colors. It seems that Berber women were practicing the fine art of recycling before it was even a whisper on this side of the world. Aren’t they fabulous?
Another very popular design element derived from Morocco is the beautiful handira (which I’ve been coveting!) or commonly known as a Moroccan wedding blanket. These blankets are a perfect mixture of wool, cotton and linen with sequined mirror details hand-woven by Berber women living in the Middle Atlas mountains. The blankets were given to a young bride on her wedding night to be worn as a sort of cape most probably to protect her from the cold in the mountains as she makes her way to the ceremony.
Nowadays in the world of home decor, these handira are not only used as blankets but are often turned into pillows or carpets. Personally, I would love to have one to use as a decorative bed cover. They’re just so gorgeous!
To create a design using some traditional Moroccan handicrafts, it’s essential to use lots of textiles and textures. Moroccan pillows are bursting with bold or more subdued colors allowing you to have fun by mixing and matching different patterns. In this design, I used a simple yet sophisticated white couch which acts as a canvas for showcasing all that textile goodness.
In Morocco, brass is a common material used to make all kinds of hardware and light fixtures. Walking in the souks one can hear artisans hammering away busy creating their next masterpiece. Adding brass accessories is a must when creating a Moroccan-influenced design. Keeping in line with this concept, I chose a floor lamp with a linen shade and some pretty candle holders.
Because Moroccan homes are a gathering place for families, Moroccan designs should reflect this aspect by being first and foremost comfortable. Layering or adding a few complimentary rugs and some poufs scattered all around render a space much more casual and inviting.
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Have you been to Morocco? Did you also fall in love with all the textiles?