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:
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.
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).
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!
The Color Palette
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.
Our Senet Stool, in hand-hammered zinc, is another.
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.
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!