TREND ALERT

A re­lax­ing, cre­ative and ex­otic vibe… what’s not to love about this look?

Homes+ (Australia) - - NEWS - By James Tre­ble.

Moroc­can bazaar is hot right now.

MOROCCO HAS EN­JOYED a long his­tory of hand­made crafts­man­ship – many of its build­ing ma­te­ri­als and home­wares come di­rect from the “mak­ers” with very lit­tle man­u­fac­tured or mass-pro­duced. Th­ese cre­ative and au­then­tic items have been wel­comed into Aus­tralian homes. Tac­tile and beau­ti­ful in their im­per­fec­tions, they are a great an­ti­dote to our many high-tech and mass-pro­duced items.

In Morocco’s fourth largest city, Mar­rakesh, I saw the fu­sion of re­li­gious and cul­tural in­flu­ences that have shaped the coun­try for thou­sands of years. The old city’s lanes and al­leys are packed with stalls full of hand­made ar­ti­san crafts and wares, of­fer­ing ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes with age-old tech­niques passed down from fa­ther to son. Thank­fully, this new love of all things Moroc­can means we can now find them closer to home.

SOFT FUR­NISH­INGS

Morocco is rich with re­li­gious and cul­tural pat­terns and mo­tifs and th­ese strongly geo­met­ric de­signs pro­vide end­less in­spi­ra­tion for in­ter­pre­ta­tion in wo­ven fab­rics and rugs. In­tri­cate pat­terns of re­peated shapes, such as cir­cles, squares, arabesques, stars and di­a­monds, com­bine with colour to cre­ate an ex­cit­ing and di­verse range.

Hav­ing one or two of th­ese strongly pat­terned cush­ions with block coloured ones is an easy and af­ford­able way to in­tro­duce the ar­ti­san look and the Moroc­can in­flu­ence, with­out hav­ing to al­ter your en­tire in­te­rior scheme. Adding a geo­met­ric throw works too.

ART­WORK

Moroc­can geo­met­ric de­sign is so beau­ti­ful and strik­ing it makes per­fect art­work. Add it to your ex­ist­ing scheme by us­ing com­ple­men­tary colours or pat­terns, or use it as a fo­cal point and build your new-look room around it.

TILES

In­tri­cate pat­terned and mo­saic til­ing is an age-old Moroc­can tra­di­tion, mix­ing pat­tern and de­sign in­flu­ences from Africa, the Mediter­ranean and the Mid­dle East. Many tiles, in­clud­ing ce­ment tiles (or en­caus­tic tiles), are recre­ated us­ing pat­terns and mo­tifs which orig­i­nated in Morocco. Th­ese larger for­mat al­ter­na­tives are still very pop­u­lar in Aus­tralian bath­rooms and more cost-ef­fec­tive than hand-crafted in­ter­lock­ing mo­saic pieces. Mix­ing th­ese stun­ning pat­terns with a ba­sic all-white kitchen or bath­room will add so much char­ac­ter and charm to your home.

Build it up It’s easy to cre­ate this rich cul­tural look in a neu­tral space – just add colour and tex­ture with ac­ces­sories.

FLOOR ART

Bayliss Ar­gentina Morocco rug, 160cm x 230cm, $449, from Choices Floor­ing.

PAT­TERNS APLENTY Shabby Chic mo­saic tile in Blue, 286mm x 286mm, $98.99 per sq m, from Beau­mont Tiles.

CUT ABOVE

Cafe Light­ing & Liv­ing Mic­cah tem­ple jar in Chrome, from $64.95, from Zanui.

SERVE IN STYLE Life­style Traders Moroc­can ce­ramic bowl, $64.95, from Tem­ple & Web­ster.

ALL ALU­MINIUM Zanzi cof­fee ta­ble, $299, from Fan­tas­tic Fur­ni­ture. GLIM­MER AND SHINE Darren Palmer ham­mered me­tal bowl, medium, $39.95, from Myer.

Moroc­can Tealei­do­scope jewel tum­bler in Aqua, $20, from T2.

NAT­U­RALLY NICE Ob­long bas­ket, $55, from Bare­foot Gypsy.

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