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Riad Roundup – September: Feeling Blue & Marvellous Marrakesh

Welcome back to Maroque's Riad Roundup, your online place to find plenty of Moroccan inspiration for your home and lifestyle. Every month the Maroque team share their favourite blogs, photographs and resources on everything from travel and cuisine, to art and décor, all to help give your home a Moroccan flavour.

This month, discover an entirely blue village high in Morocco's Rif Mountains which will make you want to get your painting equipment out almost immediately, get stuck into the top ten things to do in Marrakesh and explore the work of artist Sara Ouhaddou.

Discover Morocco's All Blue Village

They say that variety is the spice of life, but sometimes a consistency and uniformity can be just as rich and beautiful. Situated high in the Rif Mountains of Morocco, the town of Chefchaouen is a prime example of this effect. Painted entirely blue, this stunning neighbourhood is truly exquisite and one of Morocco's best kept scenic secrets.

First painted in calming blue hues by Jewish refugees in the 1930s, today Chefchaouen's residents still keep the tradition alive, painting their terracotta homes in tranquil tones every year. To enjoy this gorgeous corner of Morocco (and to get inspired by Moroccan design!) take a virtual tour of the town through the lens of photographer Lucy Laucht on the Conde Nast Traveller website.

10 Things Your Must Do in Marrakesh

If you're not planning a long visit to Morocco, taking in the sights, sounds and flavours of Marrakesh is absolutely essential. But how can you make sure you see and experience all of this magical city's best bits?

Actress Samantha Baines has all the answers in her bumper list of crucial Marrakesh experiences published on the Huffington Post blog. From soaking up the Marjorelle Gardens (redesigned by Yves Saint Laurent in the 1980s), to sipping cocktails on the La Renaissance roof terrace, make sure you don't miss out in Marrakesh with this inspiring run down.


Moroccan Artist Revives Local Handcrafts

We absolutely love the work of Brooklyn based, Moroccan artist Sara Ouhaddou. After spending years researching and studying Islamic geometry, Ouhaddou was inspired to help continue and preserve some of the increasingly rate unique traditional handcrafts once used widely across Morocco, but now at risk of becoming extinct.


Working with textiles, ceramics and glass, Ouhaddou has collaborated with big brands, including Lancome, to gain greater exposure for Moroccan design and crafts, fronting inspiring projects which have promoted and revived increasingly forgotten styles and techniques. Take a look at Rajia Aboulkheir's profile of the artist on Al Arabiya News to learn more.

We also want to mention a great US Moroccan homeware site we found this week - Just Morocco.

What is your favourite thing to do in Marrakesh? Which Moroccan artists inspire you? Don't forget, you'll find even more inspiration in our our collection of Moroccan décor online.



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