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Rock the Casbah: bring the chaos and colour of Morocco into your home

This boho look can be easily achieved with glazed tiles, Berber rugs, leather poufs, baskets and brassware

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Warm, earthy tones are prominent in Moroccan-style interiors. Picture: Joanna Vestey, El Fenn Hotel

Warm, earthy tones are prominent in Moroccan-style interiors. Picture: Joanna Vestey, El Fenn Hotel

Desert chair, €319, fermliving.com

Desert chair, €319, fermliving.com

Leather pouf, €99.49, trouva.com

Leather pouf, €99.49, trouva.com

Sahara seagrass storage basket, €89.95, meadowsandbyrne.com

Sahara seagrass storage basket, €89.95, meadowsandbyrne.com

Berber Tree of Life rug, €1,100, cadesign.ie

Berber Tree of Life rug, €1,100, cadesign.ie

Lorena Canals cushion, €50, amara.com

Lorena Canals cushion, €50, amara.com

Brass coffee table, €329, bloomingville.com

Brass coffee table, €329, bloomingville.com

Tray basket, €65, thewhitecompany.com

Tray basket, €65, thewhitecompany.com

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Warm, earthy tones are prominent in Moroccan-style interiors. Picture: Joanna Vestey, El Fenn Hotel

If you’ve ever wandered through a Moroccan souk, you’ll be accustomed to the colours and the chaos. Treasure-trove alleys brimming with beautiful carpets, lighting, trinkets and textiles — it’s a city with an eclectic design palette and distinct sense of craftsmanship, where leather tanners, woodworkers, weavers and potters work elbow-to-elbow.

My first trip there was an assault on the senses, in a good way. Sacks of spices, trays of sweets, walls of shoes, scooters, bicycles, donkeys, a man who chased me through the souk with a teapot (which I did eventually buy) — it was overwhelming and intoxicating at the same time.

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Desert chair, €319, fermliving.com

Desert chair, €319, fermliving.com

Desert chair, €319, fermliving.com

When you think of Moroccan style, your first thought might be ‘too much’ — subtlety is not always associated with the style — but it can also be understated while adding impact, and I would hedge a bet that most people have a Moroccan object in their home without even knowing it.

Its mix of Berber, Arab, Spanish and French Art Deco styles have been influencing designers and informing homes and hotels all over the world who covet that rustic, bohemian look. Giving a Moroccan touch to your home is easy to do and doesn’t require big budgets. Warm, earthy tones, bold patterns, lush plants and flashes of dramatic colour are all part of the overall look.

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Lorena Canals cushion, €50, amara.com

Lorena Canals cushion, €50, amara.com

Lorena Canals cushion, €50, amara.com

Nothing says Morocco like a glazed or encaustic tile — one of interior design’s reigning trends over the last few years. Best Tile and Design Emporium have good ranges that vary from monochromatic graphic statements to subtle pastels and vibrant showstoppers.

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Berber Tree of Life rug, €1,100, cadesign.ie

Berber Tree of Life rug, €1,100, cadesign.ie

Berber Tree of Life rug, €1,100, cadesign.ie

With more than 80,000 hashtags on Instagram, it’s safe to say Moroccan rugs are having a big moment too, with the geometric patterns, a simple monochrome palette and high shagpile count Berber rugs being a firm favourite as people look to add comfort, warmth and craftsmanship to their homes.

Irish interiors shop CA Design recently teamed up with stylist Ingrid Hoey to create a homewares edit that’s firmly rooted in Morocco — beautiful Berber rugs, checked Moroccan poufs and vibrant blue and red pottery are top sellers. High-street shops French Connection, Anthropologie and Folkster have always leaned towards the bohemian look, with plenty of nods to North Africa.

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Tray basket, €65, thewhitecompany.com

Tray basket, €65, thewhitecompany.com

Tray basket, €65, thewhitecompany.com

French Connection’s collection of rugs hints at the more traditional patterns: a faded antique look and fringed edges as well as a patterned ‘poppy field’ range that stretches from rugs to cushions and poufs, inspired by traditional Moroccan architecture and design.

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Leather pouf, €99.49, trouva.com

Leather pouf, €99.49, trouva.com

Leather pouf, €99.49, trouva.com

Right up front with Berber rugs having a moment are authentic leather poufs. A traditional Moroccan homeware accessory, they were originally used in the tents of nomadic people in the south and have since made their way across the world into people’s homes. Opt for a traditional tan (Trouva) or your favourite colour from Etsy’s Kechart Marrakech Art shop.

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Sahara seagrass storage basket, €89.95, meadowsandbyrne.com

Sahara seagrass storage basket, €89.95, meadowsandbyrne.com

Sahara seagrass storage basket, €89.95, meadowsandbyrne.com

Not ready for the full Medina look? A scattering of woven baskets (Smallable, H&M Home, Nordic Nest, Meadows and Byrne) or some coloured glassware will add a subtle Moroccan touch to your interiors. The original Beldi glass was handblown recycled glass used for tea and is still going strong in its original green curved form with plenty of variations in different colours and heights (Nordic Nest, Article Dublin, Finnish Design Store, Trouva).

For a budget-friendly boho take on a gallery wall, try hanging decorative baskets with graphic weave designs asymmetrically (La Redoute, Anthropologie).

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Brass coffee table, €329, bloomingville.com

Brass coffee table, €329, bloomingville.com

Brass coffee table, €329, bloomingville.com

When you think Morocco, you think bright, rich colours and twinkling metallics. Brass lanterns, tables and vases feature heavily in Moroccan design and create a luxe accent to a room (Bloomingville, Lamp and Light, Oliver Bonas). All you’re missing are those pom-pom slippers.

 


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