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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Marrakesh Souk | with Moroccan Bazaar

The Morrocan decor has always been something I've been fascinated with. It's the vibrant, vivid colours and the visible craftsmanship that goes into each and every piece of furniture and accessory.
Candle Lanterns
Visiting the souk in Marrakesh was an incredible experience (not necessarily one I'd do again but incredible nonetheless). It was intense, chaotic and your eyes were drawn to every shack and stall within the market. If I'd have had more courage, I would have gone back in after we'd finished with our guide and actually buy something because there was just so many incredible pieces of homeware from rugs to lamps, trinkets to cutlery and kitchenware of all shapes and sizes.

Coming back to London, you don't see much of the Morrocan theme featuring in much of the high street and big chain stores like John Lewis, Zara Home or MADE. So companies like Moroccan Bazaar are available to cater for those who want a taste of Morocco inside their own homes.
Pendant Lamps
One of the many pieces that I was obsessed with during my time in the souk, was the lanterns. They shined no matter what their size and the psychedelic colours were like the stain glassed windows you see in churches or much like when you're staring into a kaleidoscope.

I love the candle lanterns and they would look beautiful in sets of three either in the bathroom or perhaps by the fireplace. A lot of the ceiling lights in the souk were made up of pendant shapes that had various tiers and most were a rusty gold. I think the most attractive feature of these lights though is the jaw-dropping patterns and shadows it creates when the light illuminates from them. 

My favourite section within the souk was this big open space with giant rugs hanging from down the walls and slung over various railings. A lot of these stalls had very little square footage but boy did they have a talent for making sure to fill up every last inch of it. 

The rugs were grand in colour and size and made out of a beautiful wool. Like the Kilim rug, many of these are a staple in Moroccan houses and I often saw many of them used throughout Morocco which made me want one even more. Unfortunately, I don't think I would have got it in my suitcase...
Moroccan Trinkets
Other home accessories like mirrors and screen dividers, strongly featured in many of the stalls and I realised that although not as beautiful and completely handmade as the ones in Morocco are, some of the British stores do pay homage to the Moroccan theme. 

The smaller objects such as trinkets, jewellery, bowls and dishes were littered throughout the souk and we could have spent several hours looking through each stall. At almost every stall we went past, stall owners were hard at work crafting furniture by hand which is exactly the way Morrocan Bazaar crafts its own decor. Check out their video where they show the process of making a Cone Pendant Light.

What do you think of the traditional Moroccan decor? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post with Moroccan Bazaar. All words are my own.


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