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