Morocco. The land of bold colors, vibrant medinas and seductive archways is a place of fantasy for many travelers all year round. If you have not yet visited the country, there is much hope in replicating the feel of having been there. With some Moorish touches and a sprinkle of creativity, you can easily create an irresistible combination of light, shadow and mystery, right inside your living space.
With the privileges that come along living in the melting pot called New York City, there are countless possibilities of acquiring some fascinating items – custom ordered or pocket friendly – to accomplish that Moroccan inspired look.
Located in Africa, Morocco is at the same time the closest country to Europe, with its port city Tangier facing the southernmost point of Spain just across the Strait of Gibraltar. As you all may know, this proximity to Spain has favored Muslim conquerors throughout history to invade Europe, while infusing their culture upon the European dwellers. Morocco is both an African and Mediterranean country, with the people of Morocco being known as Moors (from the Greek word “mauros”). Moroccans are of indigenous Berbers mixed with Arab origin, given the spread of Islam in North Africa. Therefore, their culture and esthetics cannot be but, rich and intriguing in their abundance and contrast. Although there are some influences that remained from the French dominated colonial days, the architectural influences are more commonly related to the Spanish culture. The Alhambra is the best example to describe the lavish settings of the Andalusian Gardens, used as inspiration.
The Islamic influence into Spain, and then from Spain back to the Islamic North African countries make for some stunning designs. Mosaic tables are on top of the list, used forboth inside and outside decor. They make for great side and accent tables as well. Moroccan tiles, widely used there in a more traditional form, can be displayed as back-splash in your kitchen or even as a framed artwork on the wall. The flickering lanterns and chandeliers are divine; they instantly adorn and romanticize a room! The mint tea glasses, silver (or brass) tea pot and serving trays are dazzling pieces to entertain in or to simply use for decor purposes. The Moroccan furniture is a bit more complicated and on the heavy side (not to mention the prices are quite steep), however the poufs and pillows can be found as extra color elements, even in the most modern designs.
There are multiple online stores and some NYC stores that you can visit. Imports from Marrakesh inside the Chelsea Market and Sheherazade in the Lower East Side are perfect. Both stores seen on HGTV shows are marvelous havens. Enjoy!
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