With January winding down already, I find myself holding onto my Morocco memories as long as possible. Two weeks ago I talked about all the rugs I saw (and bought!) so today I want to talk about from of my favorite architectural moments. Morocco has some amazing arches, fountains, mosques and dormitories full of mosaic tiles, intricate woodwork and carved plaster. My favorite moments were often the gorgeous courtyards. A little private outdoor space with plants, gorgeous tile and a fountain? Yes, Please. It’s official, I need to have a courtyard in my someday home.
Day 1: Tangier
A gorgeous painted wood ceiling marred by a street light. Awe modern technology.
We only got to spend one day in Tangier, and it was our first day in Morocco. (Read: Culture Shock/ Exhausted/ didn’t take it in fully.) It’s a seaside town and said to be the most European due it’s proximity to Spain. There is a ton of development going on there right now and people seem really excited about it. I would love to go back in 5 years and see what’s happening here.
Day 2 Tétouan
We stopped in Tétouan for like literally 20 minutes on our way to the next stop. I loved the balconies in this city! You don’t see a lot of balconies in Morocco, except in the old Jewish Quarters.
Day 2-4 Chefchaouen
I was obsessed with this blue mountain town!! The slower pace, friendly people and dreamy blue walls were just what I needed to feel relaxed and explore. We were invited into a local’s home for dinner and live music. My only regret is that I didn’t take home any of their famous blue dye.
Day 5 Fez
This was inside our Riad!
This was a carved plaster ceiling. So beautiful!
Mosaic Tile, Plaster and Carved Wood were paired together on walls.
Fez is where the tile and woodwork really exploded. This city has so much history and is full of intricate artistry everywhere in it’s architecture. We really fell for the dilapidated riad (last pic.) This place was huge with a few courtyards and dozens of rooms. I was drooling imaging remodeling into a new kind of glory.
Day 6 & 7 Desert, Mountains, Dades Gorge
No architecture to report here, but I did ride a camel. Oh and we saw the city of Ait Benhaddou, where Laurence Arabia and Game of Thrones have been filmed.
Day 8-10 Marrakech
I loved the Klein Blue modern building in Majorell Garden. It was such a nice change of pace.
Marrakech was like Fez only a little younger and and more flashy. It has plenty of the old/ traditional like palaces mosques and universities. But then it definitely has its modern side like the Majorelle Garden. It felt a little more hip and touristy. As the last leg of our trip we were definitely a little worn down at this point. Luckily we could just wander in a daze and enjoy the view.
I found the intricate details to be really inspiring and so perfect in their setting. It really made me think how plain (and cheap) American buildings are. This kind of artistry takes several skilled artisans, and most Americans don’t put that kind of money into residential architecture. If I were to incorporate more of this Moroccan style, I’d love to simplify it. Just the tile, or just the woodwork or just plaster instead of all three together. Modern furnishings to balance out the ornate details. Modern, Minimal, Moroccan. Who wants to go there!?
PS- Thanks to everyone who checked out our new Etsy shop. Last week was a great first week of retail for us. Two wedding blankets sold and we only have 1 left for sale. We will continue to be adding new items as well. See our shop HERE.