Riad Fes in Fez, Morocco - More Gorgeous Moorish Architecture

Many of you are aware of my love of Moorish architecture.  My latest 
installment of Moorish architecture comes from Fez, Morocco where the
fabulous Riad Fes is located.  Riad Fes is a part of the Relais Chateaux 
group which is synonymous with luxury and the creme of the crop.  To 
give you an idea, The Orient Express rail group is also a part of this 
prestigious club.  As you can see above, the entrance courtyard to Riad
Fes is absolutely stunning.

Here it is during the day time.  When I see this courtyard, I feel a sense 
of calm and cleanliness.  Somewhere a little out of this world.

The inner courtyard is what a very luxurious 
yet traditional Riad might look like.

A Luxe and Otherworldly Moroccan Boutique Hotel in Marrakech - Part I (the Property)

I recently discovered this gorgeous Moroccan Boutique Hotel in Marrakech
that has been renovated to perfection.  This property is located in the old
town of Marrakech and was originally owned by a wealthy merchant.  The
developer took two Riads (traditional Arab home with an interior world
built around a courtyard with fruit trees and a fountain) and worked with
an architect to create this astounding boutique hotel.  The hotel is called

Dar Les Cigognes and it boasts 11 guest rooms and suites which are all
decorated differently and beautifully designed.

When viewing the images of this property, I totally fell in love with
all of the details and the authenticity of the place.  You can tell the
developers really put in a lot of care and attention to detail with the
architect to create this place.  You definitely feel as if you're in a
different world.

A Luxe and Otherworldly Moroccan Boutique Hotel in Marrakech - Part II (the Rooms)

This, ladies and gentleman is a dream spa room for me.  The tall ceilings to
the architectural details, perfect lighting and the fun designs on the wall
from  the lantern all contribute to make this space peaceful and beautiful.
This is a continuation from Monday's article on the gorgeous boutique hotel
Dar Les Cigognes in Marrakech, Morocco.

Each of their 11 rooms are decorated differently and beautifully.  This
is the silver room.  The details on the ceiling are just gorgeous.

The  bathroom is not huge but it is luxurious and very well designed.  The bathtub looks to be made entirely from concrete - oh the things you can do with concrete are just amazing.  There are arches everywhere.

The lines and furniture in the room marry traditional moroccan decor with modern furnishings and clean lines.  It's just fantastic - especially the fireplace design!

Life Style : Moroccan Outdoor Flair.

I don't know about you, but I absolutely adore Moroccan architecture
and design.  This was a budget patio makeover for a space that
previously looked very bare.  Morocco has this air of mystery and
allure to it.  The makeover is super fun and filled with color.

A lot of the materials were reused vintage pieces or common items
easily purchased at a store that were repurposed.  Add paint and
some fun Moroccan tea glasses and voila!

This little fountain is definitely one of the highlights of the
makeover.  Love the upholstered bench next to it as well.

Here's another home with a patio that has gone with a distinctly Moroccan
 motif.  Moroccan furniture is very unique in its low flat design and fabrics
 that come in a myriad of colors.

Another modern interpretation of Moroccan outdoor
living with colorful lanterns.

I love this very layered and "lived in" look.

The great think about Moroccan decor is that it's
easy to mix textures, fabrics and accessories.

I love what the ownders did with their gazebo.  They
outfitted it with low, streamlined frames and covered
the sitting area with Moroccan mattresses and tons
of throw pillows and throws.  The colors are bright
and fresh. 
In the meantime, spring and summer are just
around the corner.  Hopefully this post has
jumpstarted some ideas for outdoor living.

Photos from HGTV and Domino

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Shop in the souks of moroccan.

Moroccan showroom in Los Angeles, California with a wide variety of Moroccan furniture Moroccan lighting - antique tribal rugs and tribal art.
Shopping in Marrakech and all over Morocco is a true shopper's delight and a real adventure where you find tourists and natives alike, browsing all  day long in the souks.

Brushing up on one's Arabic and French could come in pretty handy.
The most well-known souk (marketplace) is Djemaa el Fna, an open air square where merchants entice customers walking by, with sweet delightful smells and magical mysterious sounds.

At night, the market place comes mysteriously alive with various food stands, storytellers, snake charmers and watermen. Inside the maze of the medina, the old city, one can find beautifully Moroccan handmade items made from brass, metal, silver, wool, camel bone, and leather.

Moroccan Rug merchants are sure to offer Moroccan mint tea while one plows through piles of hand woven Berber carpets.

Moroccan Decorating with exotic lighting fixtures and Moroccan chandeliers for indoor and outdoor is a unique and fast growing trend in Moroccan interior design.

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Moroccan leather pouffes and ottomans

Moroccan Leather Poufs are a must in a Moroccan Decor. Chic Ethnic style, hand made, hand stitched  in an array of stylish colors and attractive patterns including the traditional eight pointed stars design . Moroccan custom made and hand stitched Leather tables, wide Ottomans.
We have the traditional plain brown poufs and plain black poufs, the traditional hand stitched black and red patterns round and square poufs. Fashionable colorful pink, blue, lavender, red and snow white poufs. Classy round gold leather poufs and gold leather ottomans.
We carry unique custom made leather low tables from Morocco, wide leather poufs hand stitched, sold stuffed and ready to go. Moroccan leather low tables are perfect for an outdoor setting in an Arabian Nights Party or to set for a Moroccan mint tea party.
Exotic Moroccan leather ottomans designed specially for Mosaik, hand stitched and embroidered stuffed with natural Kapoc tree fiber.
Our Moroccan Poufs are sold stuffed ready to use.

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Moroccan Tea Glasses

Moroccan Mint Tea Glasses
Classy traditional jewel coloresl Moroccan tea glasses with Gold and Silver patterns
These traditional Moroccan glasses are used to serve hot  Moroccan mint tea but by being colorful, original and exquisitely designed they are also used as aperitifs glasses, funky wine glasses and as fresh fruit juice glasses to serve to friends on a hot summer day. Moroccan mint tea glasses are hand finished with silver, gold and colorful arabesque designs an in assortment of jewel colors. Made of clear glass and frosted glass.
The Moroccan tea glasses can also be used as a cup style votive candle holders. The tempered tea glasses are perfect votive candle holders with white or colorful tea  light candles.
One more modern use for the Moroccan Tea Glasses that is commonly practiced is favors. Moroccan tea glasses Wedding Favors, engagement favors, Moroccan themed favors or any special occasion favors. Just dill them with Jordan Almonds, wrap them gracefully in organza and you'll have classy favors, impressive favors, useful practical favors and favors they'll talk about for a very long time while remembering that special occasion.
Tempered glass Moroccan tea glasses votive candle holders, with tealight candles
Most of the Moroccan tea glasses hold 4 ounces of liquid.
Hand wash only. Use a soft sponge and mild to regular dishwashing soap.

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Khamsa - Moroccan silver craftmanship and artisanat.The Moroccan Silversmith takes great  pride in his craftsmanship skills that have been handed down to him from generation to generation for the past century.
Moroccan silversmith can be seen in the souks and medina creating infinitely intricate designs in making silver jewelry boxes (coffres) and jewel incrusted boxes, silver nomadic daggers,  "Khamsa" which represents the symbol of the hand, but which in Arabic means "five" (5 fingers), silver bracelets, heavy necklaces with jewels and a wide assortment of Moroccan nomadic silver jewelry like cuffs, silver bangles, silver pendants and treasured silver collectibles.
Moroccan silversmiths also create beautiful decor pieces for the house like silver candleholders, silver ashtrays, silver mirrors, silver lanterns and silver teapots.
Moroccan silver teapots using a traditional curved spout allows the tea to be poured into tiny glasses from a height of approximately half a meter to form a foamy head

With today's technology, nothing much changed in the silversmith skills and creations but for the additional demands of the tourists that inspired them to add modern objects.
 Still created with ancient methods, modern Moroccan silver napkin holders are created with art and definitely embellish and give originality to a dressed table. Another modern item will be women silver belt buckles with intricate designs, hand made.
Moroccan products of exceptional quality are also created by  the Moroccan Jewish silversmiths that played an important role  in Moroccan craftsmanship since the 1400's.

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Fez ceramics - Ceramiques de Fez From Morocco

Moroccan Fez Ceramics and Pottery The Fez ceramics are all prestige designs to dazzle the soul. An eternal passion with Moroccan artisans that takes years to master the shape and substance that gives birth to beautiful Moroccan ceramic dishes, ceramic vases, ceramic pots, ceramic urns adorned with filigree work with abstract hand designs and colors.
Faience is a traditional characteristic color scheme of Moroccan polychrome that is still respected until today's modern times, by Moroccan master artisans.
On the first firing, the potters put on the opaque tin glaze on the earthenware; the mineral pigments used for the polychrome decoration are then applied over the dried glaze; in a second firing glaze and pigments melt together giving birth to traditional exquisite Moroccan earthenware.

The most important center of urban ceramic  production in Morocco is Fez. The objects made by the ceramic potters are mostly functional and for everyday use.
Colorful and vibrant Moroccan Ceramic jars with lids and silver work.

You can still use the Fez ceramic pots to store fat or yeast.The Fez ceramic bowls to serve Couscous and the ceramic tajine to serve succulent Moroccan recipes. Ceramic Moroccan vases offer a delight when displayed with flowers and even on it's own.
Ceramic plates for decor with camel bone henna dyed decoration give a stunning, rich and unique look no matter how displayed.
We offer a wide variety of authentic Moroccan  antique Fez ceramics earthenware, hand picked by us and imported from Morocco.

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Moroccan Mosaic TILE tables

Moroccan Mosaic Table White and Blue Zellije stars tiles on on

Moroccan Mosaic table tops are made of a multitude of ceramic old tiles laid to create complex colorful design patterns. These are the same stunning intricate hand cut tile work commonly seen throughout the Imperial cities of Morocco and North Africa, that are known as Zillige.
It takes a master craftsman, Maallem many years to learn this complicated extremely beautiful craft.
Indoor and Outdoor Moroccan Mosaic Tiles Tables and Table Tops with Wrought Iron Bases.Dazzling the eye with the complexity of its abstract patterns, Moroccan Zellije cannot fail but to impress. This art is found on Mosaic walls, Mosaic floors, Mosaic columns, and looks amazing on Moroccan Mosaic tables.
We have a wide selection of beautiful Zillige mosaic dining tables, mosaic coffee tables, mosaic outdoor tables, mosaic square tables and mosaic round tables, in colorful geometric patterns. The Moroccan tile tabletops are available in various sizes and heights that come complete with  wrought iron bases. The heavy Moroccan mosaic table tops just sit on the classic wrought iron table bases.
Outdoor Moroccan small square mosaic zillije coffee tables.

Our Moroccan Mosaic Outdoor Tables are patio furniture, lawn and garden furniture. Our Moroccan outdoor furniture including the Mosaic tables can sustain rain and need only to be wiped clean with a damp cloth. The wrought iron bases for Mosaic garden tables are finished to last a long time even in outdoor decor and furnishing. 

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Moroccan Henna Designs

Henna aesthetics designs and symbols are the Berber's early cultural traditions and are applied with Henna, they are Baraka.
The Henna decorations and designs hold a supernatural power for the Berber, the North African Moroccan tribes. A power known as Baraka,  Henna Baraka permeates all natural objects and it exists in silver jewelry, Moroccan tribal talismans even manufactured objects, such as pottery, Moroccan ceramics and cotton or  wool and silk textiles. The power of the Baraka is transferred  only by using particular symbols, designs, motifs, colors and techniques that is to protect anyone in connection with that Henna Barak designed artifact.
Baraka is commonly sought and used by the Moroccans, to deal with the social aspects in Moroccan occasions and events, to cure all kind of illnesses and vastly to protect against malevolent spirits and the evil eye. 

These motifs appear in almost all of the Berber artisanal art and artifacts, including Berber pottery, Moroccan leatherwork and Moroccan textiles.
Because tattoos are forbidden by Islam, the Berber women place their protective Baraka Henna motifs in textiles, silver and tribal jewelry with which they adorn themselves and their loved ones.

Those designs drawn in henna on the hands, feet and body of a mother in a postpartum or childbirth events or at a bridal shower on the bride-to-be are the same protective, comforting symbols that have the same symbols and meanings since centuries of tradition and use.
The design vocabulary of the Berbers includes magic numbers, magic squares, verses from the Koran, Arabic script, geometric shapes (triangles, squares, crosses, eight-pointed stars, six-pointed stars, spirals, circles and diamonds), as well as motifs representing plants, flowers, humans, eyes and hands.  Odd numbers are important motifs to the Berber and they are often  embed in the designs.
What is Henna
The Moroccan Henna is a natural skin dye applied topically on the body similar to a tattoos but it's not permanent and it will fade away in one to four weeks at the most. Henna design patterns is an art in itself and when applied it is safe and painless. The color varies from dark shades of red to brown depending on the skin chemistry.
Henna comes from  a shrub 8-15 feet high, hawsonia inermis, that thrives mainly in tropical climates like in Morocco.
To get to make Moroccan Henna, the leaves of the plant are carefully hand picked, dried in the sun and then gently crushed to powder. The powder is then mixed with drops of Eucalyptus oil, black tea, lemon juice
or an infinite combination of other natural ingredients thus forming the Henna paste.

Here are some of the Moroccan Henna Symbols.
Fish   water, fertility, prosperity
Birds  messenger between heaven and earth, destiny
Eagles power
Snakes phallus, fertility, healing powers
Turtles saints, protection against evil  eye
lizards and
seekers of the sun, the human soul seeking the light

Moroccan Mhendi Henna designs and patterns, tattoos on Indian bride hands.What is Mehndi
Mehndi, just like Moroccan Henna is also a safe way to temporary tattooing, that has been practiced in the East for centuries. Just like Moroccan and Arabic Henna, there is a whole history with traditions and cultural beliefs to it's application and the symbols of it's patterns. Also since the Mehndi is a natural herbal blend it soothes and conditions the skin.
The use of Mehndi Oil is widely adapted to help the dye take.
Mehndi decoration became fashionable in the West in the 1990 after many stars started designing it on their body as a fashion statement.

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Zillije - Zellij - Zellige Tiles

The stunning intricate ornamental tiling patterns that cover, with exuberant richness, walls, columns, floors and fountains commonly seen throughout the Imperial cities of Morocco and North Africa, are known as Mosaics. Mosaics are made from polychrome cut tiles, little parts of earthenware, called zillige.
The city of Fez was first in embracing this art, with artisans decorating the walls of mosques, schools and the beautiful villas of the wealthy. The practice then spread throughout Moorish Spain a North Africa.    
Zellije is a local clay mixed with water and then kneaded into clay. Moulded into small rectangular slabs they are dried in the sun, coated with different colored glazes and fired.
Motifs and patterns are then drawn on a large sheet of paper. The individual colors are carefully numbered and cut out. The patterns are then laid on tiles of the same color and they are cut out. The edges are smoothed and the tiles sorted out. The Maallem, master craftsman, lays out the patterns on a soft plaster surface, the outlines are retraced with the point of a knife and the original tiles inserted. The block is then covered with wooden boards and worked into the structure once it's perfectly dry.

The end results is a montage of tiles in an endless array of colors and shapes with intricate effects that dazzle the eye with the complexity of its abstract patterns.
Zillihe is also known in the Moorish kingdoms of Spain, where it flourished, as azuléjos. It takes a Maallem,  years to learn this complex beautiful craft.
The Moroccan government has helped preserve this tradition by actively commissioning zillige makers to decorate public buildings, mosques and ministerial and royal buildings.

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Moroccan Lanterns

We carry a wide variety of Moroccan Chandeliers, oversized chandeliers with clear glass lanterns or colored glass lanterns.Over the past couple of years, the popularity of Moroccan lanterns has increased significantly.
Each lantern is individually hand made in Morocco by skilled artisans. No two are ever exactly the same. Only when lit in a darkened room can their beauty be truly appreciated.
Moroccan lanterns are often placed on floors, tabletops and wall or corner shelves, they may also be hung on walls and ceilings on in trees. These Moroccan lamps are also mobile and can be hung on hooks and carried from place to place to provide unique lighting for a night time walk or journey through a dark house. Of course, hooks are not the only option for using lanterns in upper areas. Moroccan lanterns are a perfect fit for high corners and wall shelves. Moroccan lanterns with clear glass to use with candles
                                  Moroccan Lamps: Ceiling and Wall Lighting

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My Dream Moroccan Home in Marrakesh

I'm totally drooling over the first photo above, I would
love to have a bedroom like that.

I'm not sure whether I'm on a "Moroccan decor" streak
or "showcasing my design magazines" streak yet.
I think it started when I read Cote de Texas' post about
My Marrakesh's Peacock Pavilions. I've always Loved
Moroccan decor and totally fell in love with this house
published in Australia's Vogue Living magazine. This
home was built for a Scandinavian client who wanted to
meld Scandinavian architectural elements with Moroccan
design. A very interesting blend if I must say so myself.

Here's the cover of the gorgeous house. The
house is outside of the Medina in Marrakesh.

What a grand entrance! I really love it. The scale
is amazing with the height of the doors and I love
the stones in the water. Such attention to details.

Here is the actual entrance to the
home once you enter the property.

Very linear Scandinavian lines with
the gorgeous color of the tile actually
makes a decent blend.

Here's a very modern take on tiling in
the bathroom. I love how the mosaic
tiles cover all of the walls and the floor.

A very cozy and casual dining area.
Love the colors and small canopy
of the upholstered seating area.

No Moroccan home is complete
without a tea set for Mint tea.

The dining area lets out into
a nice outdoor seating area.

The Hammam is absolutely gorgeous.
A lovely courtyard.

This is a more traditional Moroccan
courtyard with a His and Hers canopied
nooks. Love it! It looks absolutely
perfect for lounging.

A beautiful outdoor raised pool completely
surrounded by tile. This is something different
as we usually dig our pools in the ground here.
It's quite lovely.

Just some different photos of more
Moroccan inspiration and color for you.

What a beautiful parasol!

And of course the camel, the animal
that is synonymous with the desert.

I hope you enjoyed this home as much
as I did and that it was able to give you
some inspiration.

All photos from Australia Vogue Living.
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