Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Paradise In The Middle Of Nowhere

Not so long ago we were invited by a friend to come and see his new house in a small Berber village at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains. From Marrakech it lies about 55 km to the South but from our home in the Ourika Valley (and with the not so precise route description from our friend) it is a lovely but very bumpy, three-hour drive. The journey to his house led us over sandy paths, through the narrow streets of small and remote Berber villages and passed many colourful Boucherouite carpets hanging out to dry along river banks.



In a tiny village, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, our friend has found a little piece of paradise and this lovely, charmingly odd house!












Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Instant Elegance!


Yes well, officially these are curtain ties but they also look amazing as hanging decoration at the ends of a curtain pole, a mirror, a headboard, a wardrobe knob etc. These beautiful handmade objects of desire give an instant touch of drama and elegance to any room


 


 






Available on www.beyondmarrakech.com

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Oh, Those Ivory Beni Ouarain Carpets!


Marie Aimée Lucas-Robiquet (French, 1858 - 1959)

 Just arrived, vintage ivory Beni Ouarain carpets!

BO436 (410 x 230 cm)
BO437 (315 x 206 cm)
BO438 (335 x 195 cm)
BO439 (370 x 190 cm)
BO444
BO440 (400 x 200 cm)

More Beni Ouarain carpets on my new website www.beyondmarrakech.com

Monday, 4 March 2013

Tnine Berber Market


Tnine means Monday in Arabic and every week on this day there is the Berber market. It is the biggest market in Ourika and folks gather from near and far for their weekly supplies and more. The market is a place to socialise, to inform about local news, to hear the latest gossip, to visit the barber or consult traditional doctors. Groceries are bought, deals are made and when all business is done donkey backs, trucks and local taxi's are loaded with the new supplies for the journey back home.


 


 

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Magical Essaouira


Mystical and magical Essaouira, history breathes hauntingly through the streets of this town. Dark, small alleys and the many arches whisper tales of times long gone by and it only needs a little imagination to visualise the caravan trade from sub-Saharan Africa that once arrived in this eighteenth century port.

Essaouira has inherited a wonderful blend of cultural influences from the diverse ethnical groups that have inhabited the town. The Arabs, Berbers, Jews, Africans and Europeans have all contributed to the rich heritage of old traditions and the artistic spirit of this town.

Essaouira is one of the most photogenic towns of Morocco, colourful, dramatic, enchanting and always ready for the perfect pose!