Friday, 17 October 2014

The Rustic Way



After a thorough cleansing these beautiful vintage Beni Ouarain carpets are rolled up incredibly tightly and left to drip on makeshift poles. Imagine the weight of one wet white giant considering that the general weight of a dry carpet is around 35 kg!

Once most of the water has dripped off, the carpet is rolled out to dry and air in the sun.




Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Growing Up In Morocco


Shopping for a belly dance costume in the souk and learning the shimmy shake!




Lots of camels to feed!




Never bored of henna painting!




Siesta on hot days, nothing better than a pile of Beni Ouarain carpets to lie on!




A visit to the desert and playing in one of the world's largest sandpits!




Learning to repair Moroccan wedding blankets but lets start with a scrap!

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!

BO979

BO978

BO975

BO974

BO951

BO927

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