I for one am very pleased that Ethnic furniture is playing a bigger role in our furnishings and décor today than in years gone by. Moroccan decor has gained tremendous popularity throughout the western world in recent years. Not only are many of the materials recycled, many of them are reshaped in to completely new art forms. All pieces are handmade so no two will be identical. Mmm, recycled and artisan made art forms handed down over the centuries. I like it.
Moroccan furniture and décor has been influenced by so many different groups throughout history. The Romans, Arabs, Berbers, Spanish, French, Africans to name a few. Is it a wonder that their décor brings us a warm ambiance, rich colours, seductive designs, enchanting pieces that will transform a room.
We really don’t have to decorate our entire home or any one room in the Moroccan style. Mixing a few accessories with contemporary furniture has a way of creating sophistication and pizazz. Choose a few items and let them become your hero pieces.
One of the oldest and finest crafts in the country are the Berber carpets. Berber means “Free People” and that is how the women seem to weave their rugs, completely freely with no preconceived patterns or designs, yet each one has meaning and tells a unique story. One of these amazingly patterned and colourful Boucherouiterugs placed on a contemporary hard wood floor looks audacious yet metropolitan. To my mind, very little can compare as a conversation piece.
The handmade metalwork includes hammered and engraved trays that form side tables which you can adorn with a colourful tea set, vase with flowers and candles. Why not make it wall art? Nothing gives more of an exotic twist than a large silver or bronze tray on your wall. Try three in different sizes and designs if you wish.
Conjure up the feeling of Arabian nights with the metal cut workof pendant lights which can be placed together in a cluster. The light filters through the intricate holes creating your own galaxy. Those with coloured glass,will throw geometric coloured patterns over your floor and walls dancing to their own tune.
Mix turquoise blues, jade greens, desert shades of red, orange and yellow with metallic accents. Plain sofas will change their tiredness with a multitude of patterned coloured cushions. Strategically place an embroidered beaded pouffe.
Don’t let me forget Moroccan mirrors. Place four together on a wall in traditional Moroccan designs and shapes.