Moroccan home decor is a well-appointed way to bring both form, function, and flair to your home | Source: Pinterest

International Style meets Moroccan Decor

Eclectic colours, intricate carvings, mosaic tile inlays and rich fabrics are the trademark features of Moroccan. The style is a delicate mix of French, Spanish, Persian, Islamic and African influence, culminating in a melting pot of culture and history.

The international decor has long been a flair infused into the homes of many, including actress Shay Mitchell’s L.A guest-house.

And for many, the halt of travel from the pandemic, interior decor presents an opportunity to bring influences of international design into our homes. According to data from Africa News, Morocco saw an influx of 13 million tourists in 2019, which fell to just 4 million in 2021.

While international travel slowly picks up, interior style is the perfect way to dip back into other cultures without leaving your doorstep. Below are some items to kick-start your domestic journey through Morocco.

Natalie Jane Debussy Jar

These opulent porcelain jars have been delicately crafted. The brilliant colours and fine details will add a touch of elegance to any living or dining room as a feature piece.

Natalie Jayne Interiors Debussy Porcelain Jars A$385 | Source: Natalie Jayne Interiors

Cush & Co. Leather Ottoman

This plush leather ottoman was handmade by leather artisans in Marrakech. Embroidered with silk thread and treated with natural oils for longevity, the ottoman is incredibly intricate in design and production.

Made from goats leather and hand-dyed, these ottomans are authentic and hard-wearing. This piece would be the perfect addition to a living or dining room with darker hues and a brown/red colour palette.

Dark Brown Moroccan Ottoman Pouf Leather A$159. | Source: Cush & Co.

Iggy and Lou Lou Amphora Vase

Plucked straight from the ancient world, this Iggy and Lou Amphora vase pays homage to Morocco’s extensive architectural history. This vase has a slim opening, which seamlessly flows into a curved body. The exterior is waterproof and the interior is glazed.

This handmade vase was crafted by Australian ceramic artist Irene Grishin Selzer and would be a gorgeous centrepiece on a dining table or nestled on a bookshelf.

Iggy and Lou Lou Amphora Vase in White Sand A$275.00 | Source: Modern Times.

GIS Ceramics Clay Tagine

Slow-cook a lamb shank or apricot curry in this handcrafted tagine. Made from red clay, the tagine is free from lead and other harmful substances.

The traditional North-African dish will open a door to endless recipes to impress dinner guests, or if cooking isn’t your forte, will be a beautiful addition to the kitchen shelf.

GIS Ceramics Clay Tagine Pot A$110.62 | Source: Etsy

Natalie Jayne Montpelier Table

Designed with emerald green and gold, this piece is a striking addition to the home. Crafted from porcelain and built with a solid timber base, this piece is perfect for a Moroccan themed living room.

Natalie Jayne Interiors Montpelier Table A$5,210 | Source: Natalie Jayne Interiors

Vintage Boujaad Rug

Handwoven in Morocco, this rug is made from naturally dyed Berber wool, thought to be some of the softest wool in the world. Boasting a vast gradient, this rug is warm in its colour palette with pastel reds, browns and pinks.

The perfect addition to a bedroom or living area, this rug will exude a sense of comfort.

Moroccan Vintage Boujaad Rug Sunset A$2,150.00 | Source: A Little Morocco

Traditional Vintage Credenza

A striking piece, this credenza will add a pop of colour and versatility to the home. With the potential to be a TV stand, cabinet or bedside table, it delivers more than vibrant colours. This Moroccan-style credenza comes available in a warm, natural birch or premium walnut finish with steel legs.

Bohemian Berber Traditional Moroccan Style Credenza by Arteresting Bazaar on sale for A$849.15 | Source: society 6

Olive Paddington Glass Teapot

Made from quality borosilicate this opulent glass teapot is elegantly designed. The traditional North African Maghrebi mint tea would be perfectly served from this teapot, made with spearmint leaves and sugar. The glass pot could also double as a vase or feature piece.

Moroccan Glass Teapot 800ML A$59.95 | Source: Olive Paddington

Rattan Arch Mirror

These minimalist Rattan Mirrors are based on the arches of Moroccan architecture that are frequently seen throughout the country. Available in two sizes, these mirrors are a simplistic yet elegant statement to add to any home.

Amina Moroccan Rattan Arch Mirrors A$499.00 | Source: Stitch and Straw

And if that isn’t enough, why not visit the country when you can for more inspiration? Experiencing the culture and lifestyle of Morocco may just kick-start your lust for exotic decor. Below are some places with incomparable architecture to enjoy.

Meknes

Founded in the 11th century as a military settlement, the historic city of Meknes is one of the country’s oldest Medina’s. The city has a few famous sites to visit and take inspiration from, the most iconic being the Bab Mansour al-‘Alj. This is a gateway overlooking the southern end of Place el-Hedim and was a ceremonial entrance to the palace of a grand sultan who reigned from 1672 until 1727.

Other attractions include a day trip to the hilltop pilgrimage town or visiting the Dar Jamai Museum to discover the history of Meknes’ incredible architectural history.

The Bab Mansour al-‘Alij gateway is found in Meknes | Source: Lonely Planet.

Chefchauoen

Positioned amongst the Rif Mountains, Chefchauoen is known as the blue city of Morocco. It was home to Andalusian families from Spain between 1492 and 1609 who built their own residential district in traditional Andalusian style. The city was constructed with intricate architecture and painted blue to represent the sparkling hues of the Mediterranean Sea, according to certain locals.

Enjoy a drink or meal in the Outa el Hammam Square to see the best of Chefchauoen’s marvellous architecture.

Nicknamed the “blue city”, Chefchauoen is a striking city, home to Spanish-influenced architecture | Source: Vietravel

Rabat

Morocco’s capital, Rabat, is the seventh-largest city in the country and sits along the shores of the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic Ocean. Rabat is rich with architecture and attractions reminiscent of its Islamic and French-colonial heritage.

The old town is surrounded by fortified walls and filled with boulevards, outdoor cafes and markets. Take a tour of the Hassan tower, which used to be a majestic mosque and see its ornate and elegant design.

The Hassan Tower in Rabat was built as a mosque by the ruler Yaqoub al-Mansour | Source: PlanetWare.

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