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Escape to Morocco

Moroccan décor is having a moment right now, but we’ve always loved it. Why? Adding just one element can transport you to your own exotic retreat (more elements are even better).  Our favorite Moroccan design elements, in no particular order:

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Tiles

Zellige is the name of the colorful enamel-covered terracotta tile that originated in Northern Africa and migrated to Spain in the 8th century. (Islamic artists avoided depicting living things due to religious beliefs). We love these tiles—the colors and designs are incredible.

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Photo via Cocoon

 

Archways

Arches are everywhere in Morocco. The Muslims developed new arch shapes from early Roman and Greek arch forms, including the horseshoe, pointed, transverse and ogee arch. Initially used for structural purposes, arches soon became decorative (and how).

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Photo via Ana Sampaio Barros

 

Courtyards

Moroccan homes were traditionally built around a central courtyard for privacy and relaxation, and often had fountains, pools, and lush gardens at the center. Just looking at these images is relaxing!

 

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Photo via Arab Swag

 

The Color Palette

Colors used in traditional Moroccan interiors range from bold to subtle, and usually reflect the desert and ocean landscape. Bring those colors home with our Anatolia and Alanya Collections.

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Ornate Furniture
Decorated furniture is a must in Moroccan interiors. Our Sabine Coffee Table, made with hand-applied raffia and decorated with antique brass nail heads is an instant way to bring a little Moroccan flair into your space.

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Our Senet Stool, in hand-hammered zinc, is another.

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Lanterns

Metal lanterns are icons of Moroccan design. Intricately patterned and made of copper or brass, they add exotic texture and lovely patterned light, inside and outside.

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Rugs

And last (but certainly not least to us)…rugs! Ancient kilims and textiles always inspire us. Layer one of these Moroccan-style beauties in your home—they’re a treat for your eyes, and your feet!

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