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The Art of Moroccan Design Aesthetics

Moroccan design is all about colour, texture & fluid lines. It is a unique blend of North African, Mediterranean & Islamic styles, creating a distinctive look which has inspired artists & designers all over the world.

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City planning, military architecture, urban casbahs, and the intricate beauty of Moroccan carpets, woodwork, and zellij tilework are all part of this distinctive and brilliant world of art. Moroccan aesthetics continues to influence artists and designers all over the world…

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Some of the readily recognized features of Moroccan design include Islamic geometric patterns, vivid colors, and zillij tiles. Zillij tiles are terra cotta tile-work of enamel chips set in plaster to create mosaic geometric shapes

Zillij tiles are a visual language composed of shapes, patterns & colours. Morocco has some of the last traditional workshops devoted to the preservation & production of zillij, the living craft of hand-cut glazed mosaic tile developed in Andalusia in the twelfth century.

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Mosaic Water Features and Fountains are popular in Morocco. Many are decorated in colourful Zillij tiles.

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Open courtyards filled with lush gardens and tiled water fountain are a mainstay in Moroccan architectural style. U-shaped entries and large domes further define Moroccan designs.

Traditional Moroccan homes are made of stucco with wooden beams and supports. The homes are commonly white-washed and gleam in the bright Saharan sunlight.

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Few right angles exist in Moroccan design. Doorways and windows are arched or shaped in the traditional Islamic key-hole design.

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Moroccan design incorporates bold colors, such as fuchsia, royal blue, deep purple, and vibrant red, with the soothing neutral colors of the desert, such as sand, taupe, beige, and shades of white. Bold accent walls are common in this design style.

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Texture is important in Moroccan design. Rough stucco walls, smooth silken tapestries, and rugs are just a few textures found in Moroccan interior design.

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Textiles in Moroccan interior design drape & flow. Silks, gauze-like fabrics, & drapery sheers are commonly used to divide rooms, to frame windows & to throw across furniture. Textiles are also important as floor coverings, often seen in woven kilim rugs.