Moroccan décor is famous through the world. Known for its vibrant colors, bold metalwork and intricate carvings, the craftsmanship of Moroccan decor is second to none, making it a popular choice for interior designers, to give a luxurious and opulent look, reminiscent of a Moroccan Riad.

Key elements of Moroccan décor are:

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Zellige – Zellige is the Moroccan tilework, made from small, mosaic-like pieces, that forms intricate and often unique patterns. This kind of craft is hand made, and experts in zellige cut pieces by eye and create designs without a template. The reason for the heavy use of zellige is that in Islam, no images of people or animals are permitted, and as such, artistic abstract designs are used in their place to decorate the home. In Morocco, you can buy many things in zellige, from individual tiles, to large, outdoor fountains.

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Taledakt – Taledakt is the name for the strongly colored polished plasterwork seen on the walls of many Moroccan homes. Taledakt gives a buffed and shiny finish, that, as well as looking beautiful, is extremely waterproof and durable.

Stucco plaster – Another key feature of Moroccan décor is intricately carved plaster, creating intricate archways and ceiling borders and roses.

Carved woodwork – Moroccan doors, wooden ceilings and furniture are all key elements of Moroccan décor.

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Use of colors – the exterior of Moroccan houses are determined by each city. For example, in Marrkaech, all buildings are a terracotta red, while in Essaouira, all buildings are white with blue doors. Inside homes, white is a popular colour, accented with rich, deep colours, such as azure blue, terracotta red, ruby red, deep black-brown and rich purples. Do bear in mind that the natural light of Morocco may not be the same as it is where you live, so be sure to check and adapt colors if necessary, to avoid a dark and gloomy interior.

Moroccan décor finishing touches:

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Moroccans love lighting, and intricately carved metal lanterns and brilliantly coloured glass lights give a real Moroccan feel to interior design.

Tented fabric ceilings are also a great design touch – however, you need a high ceiling to be able to pull this look off.

Hand-made leather pouffes are also a uniquely Moroccan design touch.

Bone or mother of pearl inlay mirrors are also a great addition – many mirrors feature doors, making them unique and exotic purchases.

Inlaid polished rosewood bowls, boxes and screens are also great finishing touches to give that authentic feel, as do intricately painted ceramics.