Sunday, 7 March 2010

Marrakech Express

I am just back from a wonderful week in Marrakech. I have always wanted to visit Morocco and with the British weather reaching an all time low in February, Mr Crafty and I decided it was time for a spur of the moment trip.

The city is as wonderful and crazy as everyone says it is but boy do those Moroccans know how to make things look beautiful. There are jewel like colours everywhere and even the most ordinary of homes are made extraordinary with the use of beautiful mosaic tiles and decorative tassels galore.

One of my favourite places was the Majorelle Gardens which was created by Jacques Majorelle, a French Painter, and was latterly owned by Yves Saint Laurent. The garden sings with colour and is a oasis of peace in a frantic city. The cafe also serves a dreamy orange blossom ice-cream.


The fountain at the Majorelle Gardens


One of the many beautiful avenues at the Majorelle Gardens

We were lucky enough to stay in the wonderful Riad Zolah which was our sanctuary from the busy streets when we needed it.

The courtyard at the Riad Zolah with it's rose petal filled marble pool

Our lovely room complete with complimentary babouches (leather slippers)

But no trip to Morocco would be complete without trying some haggling in the labyrinthine souks:

These pictures don't begin to convey the magic, colour and chaos but I got a little reticent about taking too many photos for fear of making myself a target for the very persistent shopkeepers. We did come home with some booty though:

The one thing I really wanted to bring back with me was a pouffe. I have been admiring the ones from Graham and Green for a while but was always put off by the price tag. We got this lovely leather one for a quarter of the price and if our haggling had been better we could have probably bartered it down even more.

These tassels were everywhere and I couldn't resist bringing a pair back to bring a bit of the 1001 Nights to our South East London sitting room.

When we move to our "forever house" (which is where we hope our next move will take us whenever the time comes) I am definitely going back to Marrakech for some serious interiors shopping!

4 comments:

  1. wow, such lovely photographs!! I have always wanted to visit there too but a friend once told me about her trip which involved lots of suffering animals, begging children and scary leachy men! Is it better now? I am dying to go there and find treasures like yours but i'm worried seeing children begging would scar me for life :(
    Lucky you for seeing some sun, i'm tres jealous!!

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  2. Good finds – love the pouffe and the tassel. A good sunny break sounds ideal :)

    Me and the OH went to Marrakech years ago (when we were young!) and we were talking the other day that we really didn't 'do' it well enough. I think I would have been 21 at time and was terrified of the markets – and all the people with snakes walking about!

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  3. WOW! so gorgeous! love all of the colors and your pouf is fantastic! :)

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