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Hello and welcome to the about us page

My name is Julie Woodard and Maroque is my baby! 

Julie Woodard

(If you follow Maroque on facebook, you will see I’m rather partial to a glass of wine!)

Established in 2001, following an amazing trip around Morocco.  I was completely in awe (and still am) of the stunning lanterns, furniture and soft furnishings available that were not really seen in the UK, especially not in Suffolk.  The hospitable and friendly people I encountered inspired me to try to bring a little bit of this beautiful country home for everyone to enjoy.  And so Maroque was born!

We are a small company with a big heart, and we work hard to build a business that takes the best parts of online buying and combines them with the human aspect of face to face shopping.

My right hand lady is Sylvia who has been with me since 2003.


(Looking all swish at one of our Christmas Charity Cocktail Evenings)

 I have a lovely warehouse (you really can have a lovely warehouse) in Bury St Edmunds where you can come along, browse all our stock, see first-hand the great quality of our items,  enjoy a glass of mint tea and are most likely get to meet Poppy. (see our visit us page)


(Poppy assisting in photo shoots for Christmas punch)


 (The lovely showroom area to enjoy your glass of mint tea)

The original intention was to bring interesting, attractive Moroccan home and giftwares to the UK market, and we hope we still do, but we have also diversified into all things Moroccan: including hard to find ingredients and a comprehensive recipe section which we have put together in our free Yellow and Orange cook books for you to download.

I love the idea that customers can feel they have a sense of community with Maroque, that we are real people, and as such we try to engage as much as we can, whether that’s Facebook, feedback is brilliant, either on products, recipes they have tried, oh and pictures are great, please send them in, or post on Facebook!

Our regular charity cocktail evenings for our local hospice (which are great fun, never need much of an excuse for a party) are a great way to meet everyone and for such a good cause.
We go along to our local Bury St Edmunds Food Fair, a great fun day out, do come along and say hello,
Also have lots in the pipeline, local restaurant collaborations. Cocktail making evenings...
We are dressing Casa Del Mar in Bury St Edmunds in an Arabian Night’s theme for New Year. 

Food fair 2016

 (the Bury Food Fair on beautiful August weekend)

I’m often asked where the name Maroque came from, it was inspired by the French name for Morocco, Maroc, but having a twist to the baroque. The domain name Maroc was taken even back in 2001.

I hope you enjoy browsing the site, if you have any queries, please do contact me at or feel free to call me on 01284 756892.

Kind regards