Exotic Touch (2)
I’m busy writing about exotic Morocco and the décor elements you can use to create a beautiful and colourful home.
In my previous post I discussed the Moroccan colours, textured walls and exquisite wood work. This second post will focus on the beautiful metals, mosaic tiles and luxurious fabrics that Moroccan homes are so famous for.
One of the ways that beautiful metals are included in Moroccan décor is in lighting fixtures. Lamps are usually made from coloured glass, metal and sometimes carved wood. Candles can be used in the lamps to add a touch of romance. Here are some other examples as well of beautiful metal work.
Tiles play an important role in the Moroccan interior design. Beautiful, hand made tiles in different colours and patterns can be found in any typical Moroccan home. Mosaic tiles and patterns date back as far as 4000 years ago, first through the use of terracotta cones being applied point first onto structures as a means of decoration and then through the appearance of pebbled pavements in the eight century BC.
Mosaic tiles can be used almost everywhere as decoration from flooring, fountains, walls, pillars, mirrors, a border around a door and on table tops. The tiles are applied in a mixture of different colours and sizes and tiny mirror pieces can also be used with the mosaic tiles.
Zellige is the Moroccan tile work, made from small, mosaic-like pieces, that forms intricate and often unique patterns. This kind of craft is handmade, and experts in Zellige cut pieces by eye and create designs without a template. The reason for the heavy use of Zellige is that in Islam, no images of people or animals are permitted and thus abstract designs and patterns are used to decorate the home.
Fabrics in rich, deep colours with intricate textures and designs are typical of Moroccan décor and usually reflect the vast open spaces and bright sun of the countryside. Whether it is a deep red or a brilliant blue; or a pale yellow with splashes of purples and vibrant pinks; Moroccan hand-woven products display a deep sense of passion and dedication to the art.
The hand-woven material itself tends to be rich, and some would say, exotic. Wool, silk and velvet are all favourites in Moroccan décor and used most often as pillows, cushions, curtains, duvet covers and as throws on beds and sofas. The hand-woven materials will add a sensuality and warmness to your home, even when combined with modern linen and materials. Smaller detail like tassels and colourful beading will only enhance the Moroccan look.
I’m simply in love with these Moroccan metals, mosaic tiles and lush fabrics. In my next post I will discuss Moroccan furniture design, the history and how to incorporate pieces in your home.